Baltimore County News
Debbie Sparks and Buc Thompson
Baltimore County Department of Planning
It’s always a challenge to find money for home repairs. It’s even harder if you are a low income homeowner.
Over 30 years, Baltimore County has assisted thousands of low income homeowners by providing funds for repairs to their homes. The Baltimore County Department of Planning’s Neighborhood Improvement Division administers a pool of federal and State allocated funds that help homeowners keep their houses safe and healthy.
Funds can be used to repair or replace major heat, electrical or plumbing systems; eliminate safety hazards; install energy improvements such as windows, doors, and insulation; and modify homes to make them more accessible for people with disabilities. Assistance is provided in the form of low- or zero percent interest rate loans. Grants may be provided under certain circumstances.
Lead paint poses a serious health risk to children and pregnant women. Baltimore County has been awarded $3 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist low income homeowners and rental property owners in eliminating hazards caused by deteriorating lead paint. Qualified applicants for this program will receive a free risk assessment identifying any lead hazards that may be present in the home. If any hazards are found, the program covers the cost of remediating these hazards.
With assistance from our federal and State partners, Baltimore County is working to preserve the health and safety of our homes and neighborhoods.
If you would like more information on the low income homeowner repair program or to schedule an appointment, contact Debbie Sparks in the Baltimore County Department of Planning at 410- 887-3124. For the Baltimore County Lead Safety Program, call Buc Thompson at 410-887-3668.
Revised April 6, 2016