Clock ticking on lead paint removal program


Darren Parmer, Lancaster’s housing rehabilitation and lead specialist, worked on a house along North Queen Street on Tuesday.

Parmer and his team are working to make the home lead safe.

“The sash had a lot of high lead content in it,” he said.

So far, 45 homes have been made lead-free with the help of a recent federal grant. Soon, that money may no longer exist unless families ask for it.

“We don’t want to give the money back,” Parmer said. “We want to keep it in Lancaster. We want to spend the money here and take care of our housing stock and our families here.”

Homeowners, landlords, and renters can qualify for money to remove lead paint if they live in Lancaster County and meet income guidelines.

Parmer said they still have a year to use the money. He said the application takes two months and they don’t want to wait to the last minute.

“What we’re looking to do is prioritize where those hazards exist and address those hazards so they don’t become a lead poisoning case,” he said. “We’re trying the proactive approach rather than the reactive approach.”

Online: Lancaster Lead Removal Program

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