WHAT IS THE LEAD HAZARD REDUCTION PROGRAM (LHG)?
The LHG is a program to reduce lead paint hazards in privately owned, residential structures throughout Onondaga County. Lead hazards are often found on painted window frames, wood siding, and painted doors. Common repairs provided by the program are new windows, doors, and siding. Funds for other health and safety related hazards may also be available. The LHG program is administered by Onondaga County Community Development with funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE LHG PROGRAM?
Participation is on a first come, first served basis to applicants meeting the following requirements:
-Live in homes which contain Lead Paint Hazards
-Must have a child under the age of six who lives in or spends a significant amount of time in the home.
-Own or occupy a unit in a one to four family residential structure.
-Have a current annual gross household income of no more than 80% of the median income for the County.
-Vacant rental units are also eligible.
-Must be protected by a current Homeowners Insurance Policy.
-Must be covered by flood insurance, if located in a designated flood zone.
-Have all property taxes and mortgage(s) current or in a payment agreement.
HOW MUCH ASSISTANCE CAN I RECEIVE?
The amount will vary dependent on the hazards found in the home.
Rental units occupied by tenants meeting the program requirements may be eligible to participate in the LHG program. Vacant units are also eligible. Property owners may only receive assistance for 2 of their properties within a 24 month period.
To be eligible for the program, the Applicant's household gross income must be below the income limit for family size as shown in the table below:
Limits effective March 28, 2016
WHAT TYPE OF WORK IS DONE?
Eligible repairs are determined by a thorough lead paint inspection of the home. The Community Development Housing Inspector, along with an independent contractor hired by Community Development, will perform the inspection according to established standards. Typical lead paint hazard repairs may include:
Window and door replacement
WILL THERE BE A LIEN PLACED ON MY PROPERTY? -- YES
Assistance is in the form of a 5-year deferred loan. You must agree to repay 100% of the loan if you do not own and occupy the property as your principle residence during the first thirty-six (36) months following completion of the work. Repayment then declines to 50% between months 36 & 48, and 25% between months 48 & 60. Additional funding sources with different terms may be used in combination with these funds. Please call with any questions.
Owners of rental units: If the assisted unit becomes available, you must agree to give preference in renting the unit to low income families with a child under age six for a period of 5 years.
Click here for an Application Packet.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Onondaga County Community Development
421 Montgomery St., 11th Fl.
Syracuse, NY 13202