GOT LEAD? Waterloo wants to help paint your house

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – Lead paint was once used for everything because its durability was unmatched. So much so, that it still clings to surfaces decades after the paint was outlawed. We now know this paint in dangerous and the city of Waterloo wants to help you get rid of it.

Lead-based paint is the most significant source of lead exposure in the United States as many homes built before 1978 still have lead paint in some degree on the interior or exteriors.

In an effort to reduce the exposure to lead, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded nearly $165 million in late 2020 to state and local governments to protect children and families from the hazards associated with lead.

Waterloo was one of two cities in Iowa, the other being Clinton, to get money from HUD for the effort. Waterloo was awarded a total of $3,384,678.

Both homeowners and renters are eligible for the Lead Hazard Control Grant from the city of Waterloo. The grants are worth up to $40,000.

There are a few requirements to the grant money. You must be income eligible, live in a house built before 1978, and have children under the age of 6 that either live in the home or visit frequently.

Call 319-291-4429 for more details on the project and how to sign up.

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