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Lead Paint Abatement

Lowell Lead Paint Abatement Program

*Now offering 0% Interest "Forgivable" Loans!

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Serving Owners, Landlords and Tenants!


The City of Lowell's Lead Paint Abatement Program works to prevent childhood lead poisoning by encouraging and funding the removal of lead paint. Our lead abatement and education services are targeted to low-to-moderate income households with children under age 6.


  • Click here to see if your unit qualifies.


  • Click here for application materials.


  • Click here for additional facts and resources on childhood lead paint poisoning prevention.

*Loans are forgiven for landlords who rent to low-to-moderate income families for at least 3 years after de-leading. These terms also apply to income qualifying owners-occupants.


City of Lowell Marks National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
The City of Lowell’s Lead Paint Abatement Program will promote the importance of preventing childhood lead poisoning during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW), October 19-25, 2014.  The emphasis of this year’s NLPPW campaign will be to bring awareness to childhood lead poisoning and the significance of annual blood lead testing of children ages 1-3 years of age.  In addition to local radio appearances on WUML and WCAP, representatives from the City’s Lead-Safe Lowell Program will be visible throughout the week at various locations including Lowell Community Health Center, Lowell General Hospital’s Fall Festival and the Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership.
Prior to 1978 when lead paint was banned in the U.S., lead was routinely added to paint to make the application process easier.  But lead is a poisonous metal and over time, as lead paint deteriorates, it creates toxic lead dust.  In older housing, children can easily come in contact with lead dust as they play and explore their environment. 
Homeowners should not try to remove lead paint on their own because these attempts make the problem worse by creating even more lead dust.  Unless homes are made “lead safe” by using licensed de-leading contractors, deteriorating lead paint may pose a significant risk for young children.  Children under age 6 are especially vulnerable to the effects of lead paint because of their rapidly developing bodies and brains.  The effects of elevated levels of lead in a child’s body are serious and may include learning disabilities, behavior problems, damage to hearing and speech and slower than average growth and development.
The Lead-Safe Lowell program strives to prevent childhood lead poisoning by offering Lowell homeowners and investors forgivable 0% interest loans for lead paint removal in residential properties. Occupants of dwellings must be low-to-moderate income.
Contact the Planning and Development Department for more information and remember to get your children tested!


For more information or questions, please contact: 
Planning and Development
Lowell Lead Paint Abatement Program