More than 200 property owners in Erie County will benefit from a new $4 million federal grant to control the hazards of lead paint in homes. It’s being run by the city of Erie -- but the offer is open to any county resident.
Erie County was one of 15 communities nationwide to share in $48 million dedicated to removing hazardous lead from homes.
The Erie Redevelopment Authority received such a large piece of the funding -- 8 percent of the total -- because it included both the city and county in its grant proposal.
The Redevelopment Authority and the city have received $6 million in two federal grants for lead abatement since 2006, but those funds were restricted to homes in the city. Lead-abatement work has been done on about 325 properties with that funding.
The city still has enough of that original funding to complete about 100 more homes by the end of 2010, said Jorge Alvear, who administers the program for the city.
To qualify, households must have a child younger than 6 and have low to moderate income. The homes must also have been built before 1978, the year lead-based paint was banned.