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Program Name Lead Paint Abatement
Section Housing Development

WLAP is a federally funded grant program that is designed to assist property owners with the cost of lead paint abatement in eligible properties. Both owner-occupied and investor-owned properties may qualify. Income and rental restrictions may apply.

Massachusetts Law requires the abatement of lead paint hazards wherever children under six-years old reside.

  • Properties must be brought into compliance with all housing and sanitary code requirements and must remain free from health and safety violations.
  • Each participating unit will be restricted for rent and occupant income for a period of five (5) years.
  • Preventative deleading is encouraged, however funding priority is provided for units where a lead poisoned child resides or where a court order to correct lead-based paint hazards exists.
  • Property owners must be up-to-date on all City owed taxes as a requirement for participation. Payment plans may be available.
  • Program eligibility is based on the income of occupants.
  • Any rental units that participate must be maintained as affordable housing where families with young children receive rental priority for a period of five years.
  • Temporary relocation stipends are provided for both owner and tenant occupied units.
  • Projects are professionally managed from application through completion.
  • Each participating unit receives a Letter of Compliance upon completion of the work.
  • Participating units may be eligible for an additional $1,500 state tax credit.

Contact the Division of Housing Development
City Hall 4th Floor
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 799-1400 ext. 229

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