Lead Safe Housing


Lead poisoning can lead to learning issues in young children. Our lead abatement program offers you financial help to get rid of lead-based paint in your home. We offer:
  • forgivable loans of up to $10,000 for each unit in your home
  • technical advice from City lead specialists, and

Review the eligibility requirements and contact us with questions. Please then print out and complete the complete application form.

You can send your completed application and forms to:

Housing & Community Development
City of Portland
389 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101

We'll set up a lead inspection so you can find out how much work needs to be done, and what it will cost. Then, we'll help you find a contractor and set up your project’s timeline.


The contractor can start working once you sign all your loan documents. We will help tenants pay for relocation costs associated with vacating the property while work in underway. After the work is done we will do one final inspection .

You have to pay us back based on the terms of the loan. You must pay the loan in full if you move, sell, refinance, or transfer your home within five years. You will have to pay back the loan if you do not follow the tenant income requirements. If all terms and conditions are met after five years, there’s no repayment of the grant.


To qualify for our lead removal loans, you must own property in Portland or in our target areas of Cumberland County. You also need to meet one of these requirements:

  • If you own and reside in the property, your household income can't exceed 80% of the median income for the Greater Portland and a child under six must reside in the home.
  • If you don't live in your home, you have to give priority to tenants with children who are six or younger and low and moderate income.

Program Manager

Colleen Hennessy