Lead Paint & Healthy Homes Program
Grants of $17,000/unit available!
The City has been awarded a new $5.7M grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
to address lead-paint and healthy housing issues in units occupied by low-income households. Grants are available to qualified units at an average of $13,500/unit for lead hazards and $3,500/unit for health/safety hazards.
The grant program will cover the cost of all inspections and clearance certifications; program staff oversees the entire process: drafting the scope of work, putting the project out to bid, ensuring all technical requirements are met, helping with temporary tenant relocation (usually no more than 10 days), and paying the contractor.
If you are interested in applying for grant assistance please contact our office; or complete and submit a grant application for the type of property you own:
- Lead Grant-HIP Owner Occupied Application (PDF)
- Lead Grant Investor Application (PDF)
- Lead Grant Tenant Packet (PDF)
Please access the contractor pre-qualification paperwork (PDF) to join the contractor list. Please submit the paperwork according to the instructions enclosed. The contractor pre-qualification list is open at all times. Minority, Woman-owned and Section 3 businesses are encouraged to join. Please reach out if you need assistance or have any questions.
You must also complete a Nashua Vendor Packet and register with SAM.gov, a federal website for contractors doing business with the government.
What is Lead Paint?
Lead is a poisonous metal that may cause health problems, especially in young children. When lead gets into the body, it can cause damage to the brain, the kidneys, nerves and blood.
Lead may also cause behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures and in extreme cases, death. Some symptoms of lead poisoning may include headaches, stomachaches, nausea, tiredness and irritability. Many children who are lead poisoned show no symptoms.
Children may be lead poisoned by:
- Putting their hands and other lead contaminated items in their mouths, such as toys
- Crawling around on floors that may have lead-paint dust
- Touching lead-paint dust from sanding old paint or renovations of old homes
- Playing outside in lead contaminated soil
- Folk remedies
Lead can be dangerous when:
- There is chipping and peeling paint inside the home
- Lead painted surfaces rub against each other, such as windows and doors opening and closing
- Children play in soil and dirt outside a home that is lead painted
- Contaminated soil is tracked in the home on shoes or pets