Lead paint program grants offered

STEUBENVILLE – The Ohio Department of Health is offering funding to help residents eliminate lead-based hazards in 37 counties, including Jefferson.

According to a press release issued by the ODH, educational workshops will be available for residents, parents, day care programs and landlords to educate people about lead poisoning.

The Ohio Healthy Homes Network, along with other program partners, will make presentations throughout the 37-county area.

Interested persons can call the ODH toll-free at (877) 532-3723 for information or to request a presentation.

Additional funds are being provided by the Ohio Housing Trust Fund, Ohio Housing Finance Agency as well as the ODH.

The Ohio Lead Hazard Control program offers a number of activities to help reduce lead hazards in homes.

The ODH said owner occupied homes must be in the 37-county area and must have lead hazards in the home.

Either a child under 6 must live in the home or visit a significant amount of time or a pregnant woman must live in the home.

Applicants must provide proof of homeowners insurance and has paid property taxes or be enrolled in a tax program.

The homeowner can earn up to 80 percent of area median income to qualify for assistance.

Renter-occupied homes are also eligible in Jefferson County.

The ODH said renters can earn up to 80 percent of the median income and the landlord must follow the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Fair Market rent requirements.

The landlord must also provide proof of ownership, paid property taxes and home insurance. Flood insurance is also required if the property is in a flood plain.