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The City of Galesburg, Illinois was awarded a Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Help Eliminate Lead Program Grant in the fall of 2019. DCEO was awarded this funding from the federal agency, Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Grant monies are being used for Lead Hazard Remediation in low-to-moderate-income, privately-owned, owner-occupied and rental units (1-4 units only) throughout the community. For example, a family of four can qualify for the grant with an annual income of $53,050 or less. There is no cost to the owners or occupants.
The City of Galesburg will be providing an informational meeting regarding the HUD DCEO Help Eliminate Lead Program Grant for landlords on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 55 W. Tompkins Street, Galesburg, IL. The session will be held in Council Chambers. All landlords are encouraged to attend and learn how their rental units may qualify for these grant funds.
Already, numerous homes have benefited from this grant opportunity. Priority is given to households with children under six with elevated blood lead levels, children under six, pregnant women and/or children, and households where children under six frequently visit. Frequent visitation is defined as three hours a day, two days a week or a total of 60 hours a year.
Additional funding will include Healthy Homes Supplemental Funding. These funds will be used to enhance, expand, and strengthen activities that reduce significant housing-related health and safety hazards.
Properties will need to be located in Galesburg city limits, built prior to 1978 and have lead-based paint hazards in order to be considered for this program. Applicants who are unsure if their home or rental unit has lead-based paint hazards, or if they meet program criteria are encouraged to submit an application for review. An assessment of any lead-based paint hazards in the home will be conducted as part of the application process. The common items of work completed may include repair or replacement of windows, doors, trim, siding, and soffits. In rental units assisted, the property owner must give priority to families with children under six years old for at least three years.
Applications are available on the City’s website, Galesburg City Hall or Knox County Health Department. Questions may be directed to Royal White with Western Illinois Regional Council at 309-837-3941 or Judy Guenseth with the City of Galesburg at 309-345-3652.
***Report Courtesy of the City of Galesburg***