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Get financial help to remove lead from your home

Get financial help to remove lead from your home

We help eligible homeowners cover the costs of lead removal. You have two options to apply:

Last updated: 9/21/17
Step
1

Before you get started

Lead poisoning can lead to learning issues in young children. Our lead abatement program offers you financial help to get rid of lead-based paint in your home. We offer:

  • forgivable loans of up to $8,500 for each unit in your home
  • technical advice from City lead specialists, and
  • help complying with state lead laws so you can get lead removal tax credits.

You can learn more about the program in our Lead Safe flyer.

Step
2

Mail us your application

Please print out and complete the Application for Lead Safe Boston. You may also need to fill out the following forms, if they apply to you:

You can bring or mail your completed application and forms to:

The Boston Home Center  - Lead Safe Boston
26 Central Ave. 
Boston, MA 02136
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

We'll set up a lead inspection so you can find out how much work needs to be done, and what it will cost. Then, we'll help you find a contractor and set up your project’s timeline.

Step
3

Complete the Project

Your contractor can start working once you sign all your loan documents. After the work is done, we do one final inspection of your building with a lead specialist, a lead inspector, and Inspectional Services. We won’t make the final payment to your contractor until we hold that last inspection.

Letter of Compliance will be issued by a Massachusetts licensed lead inspector that will qualify you for a $1,500 Massachusetts tax credit.

You have to pay us back based on the terms of the loan. You must pay the loan in full if you move, sell, refinance, or transfer your home within five years. If all terms and conditions are met after five years, there’s no repayment of the $8,500 per unit grant.

Step
1

Before you get started

Lead poisoning can lead to learning issues in young children. Our lead abatement program offers you financial help to get rid of lead-based paint in your home. We offer:

  • forgivable loans of up to $8,500 for each unit in your home
  • technical advice from City lead specialists, and
  • help complying with state lead laws so you can get lead removal tax credits.

You can learn more about the program in our Lead Safe flyer.

Step
2

Give us your application

Please print out and complete the Application for Lead Safe Boston. You may also need to fill out the following forms, if they apply to you:

You can bring your completed application and forms to:

The Boston Home Center
26 Court St. 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

We'll set up a lead inspection so you can find out how much work needs to be done, and what it will cost. Then, we'll help you find a contractor and set up your project’s timeline.

Step
3

Complete the lead removal project

Your contractor can start working once you sign all your loan documents. After the work is done, we have one final inspection of your building with a lead specialist, a lead inspector, and Inspectional Services. We won’t make the final payment to your contractor until we hold that inspection.

We report your lead removal work to the state, as required by law.  

You have to pay us back based on the terms of the loan. You must pay the loan in full if you move, sell, refinance, or transfer your home within five years. If all terms and conditions are met after five years, there’s no repayment of the $8,500 per unit grant.

Need to Know:
Are you eligible?

To qualify for our lead removal loans, you must own property in Boston. You also need to meet one of these requirements:

Contact:
Neighborhood Development
26 Court Street
8th, 9th, and 11th Floors
Boston, MA 02108-2501
United States
Still have questions?

For more information about the Lead Safe Boston program, call 617-635-0190, or email HomeCenter.DND@cityofboston.gov.