Lead Paint Abatement Program

About the Lead Paint Abatement Program

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.

Forgivable Loans

Serving Owners, Landlords and Tenants!

Now offering 0% Interest Forgivable Loans! 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.

Additional Information

Find out if your unit qualifies by viewing the Income Limits Documentation System (PDF).

Find application materials and find additional facts and resources on childhood lead paint poisoning.

Lead Paint Poisoning

Ninety percent of all lead poisoning cases are due to lead paint dust. Lead enters the bloodstream through ingestion and inhalation. Children ages 6 years and younger are especially vulnerable due to the effects of lead paint on 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.  

Lowell is one of eight cities in Massachusetts that is classified as a "high risk" community for childhood lead poisoning.  It is important to have your child's pediatrician regularly check lead levels at 1, 2, 3, and 4 years of age. Children 1 and 2 years of age are at even higher risk to lead poisoning due to frequent hand-to-mouth activity as they start to explore their environment.  All children must have their lead levels tested prior to school entry.

In older housing, children can easily come in contact with lead dust. Prior to 1978 when lead paint was banned in the U.S., lead was routinely added to paint to make the application process easier, however, lead is a poisonous metal and over time, as lead paint deteriorates, it creates toxic lead dust.  

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. 

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!


Contact the Planning and Development Department for more information and remember to get your children tested!

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Planning and Development
Lowell Lead Paint Abatement Program