New Program!

Lead Paint Safe Somerville: Helping to protect your kids from lead poisoning

White lead paint flaking off of a home

NEW PROGRAM! The City of Somerville received a $1.7 million grant to help create safe housing environments for Somerville families. Lead Paint Safe Somerville is a limited-time program that provides 0% interest forgivable loans to Somerville homeowners to address lead hazards. Our goal is to mitigate lead hazards in 90 Somerville housing units by 2021.

Program benefits:

  • Property owners receive a 0% interest loan that is completely forgiven after three years, assuming compliance with terms of the loan.
  • Property owners may receive a tax credit up to $1,500.
  • Property owners may receive an official Certificate of Compliance.
  • Tenants will have annual rent increases capped for the duration of the loan.
  • Participants help create safer, healthier living environments for future generations.

  • Who Is Eligible?

  • Step-By-Step Guide

  • Contractor Application

  • Referral Bonus for Local Non-Profits

  • Events

  • Get in Touch

  • Resources

To be eligible to participate in the program, your property must have been built before 1978 when lead paint was banned. 90% of homes in Somerville were built before lead paint was banned. Click here to see if your home has a letter of compliance on file.

Property owners can access funds to make their homes and their tenant's homes lead-safe. Unit occupants must the income requirements below:

Lead Paint Safe Somerville Income Limits

# of People Living in Unit 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Maximum Gross Annual Income $56,800 $64,900 $73,000 $81,100 $87,600 $94,100 $100,600 $107,100
Note: A nine (9) person household is 140% of four (4) person household. Add 8% for each additional person thereafter; round UP to nearest $50.  Based on HUD's 80% Area Median Income Limits

Vacant units may be granted conditional acceptance subject to the volume of prioritized projects and available funding.

City staff will make a determination of eligibility once a program application is completed and all necessary income verification documentation has been submitted. City staff will work with owners and tenants to complete the application and gather the necessary documents. Click here to complete an application.

Alternatively, an investor-owner may sign an Affirmative Marketing Agreement stabilizing rent to HUD-approved rates for the duration of the loan (three years).

Affirmative Marketing Agreement Rental Limits

# of Bedrooms in Unit 0 (Studio) 1 2 3 4 5 6
Maximum Monthly Rent Limit (w/o Utilities) $1,086 $1,448 $1,551 $1,861 $2,151 $2,399 $2,647

 

Step 1

Download a Print Application

Which applications do I complete?

  • Homeowner: A Somerville property owner (e.g., name listed on the deed of the home) who considers the property a primary residence.
  • Investor-owner: A Somerville property owner that does not consider the property a primary residence.
  • Tenant: A resident of Somerville who does not own the property they reside.

Translation services are available. Please contact SomerViva for additional information.

Once you've filled out an application...

A staff member will contact you within two (2) business days of Lead Paint Safe Program staff receiving the online application.
Please mail printed applications to: OSPCD-Housing ATTN: Andres Bueno, 93 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143. To hand-deliver your application, please contact Andres Bueno: 617-625-6600 x2584 / [email protected]

Environmental Protection Agency “Protect Your Family from Lead” Guide

All applicants must receive a copy of the EPA Protect Your Family from Lead Guide, available here in English, Arabic, Spanish, Russian, Somali, and Vietnamese with their application.

 

Step 2

After submitting an application, please mail applicable documents listed below to: OSPCD-Housing ATTN: Andres Bueno, 93 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143. To hand-deliver document, please contact Andres Bueno: 617-625-6600 x2584 / [email protected]

Once City staff has received an application and all required documentation, including but not limited to the documents below, City staff will make a determination of initial eligibility and contact you with next steps. Additional information or documentation may be requested after your application has been reviewed.

Checklist

Starred (*) items below will not be applicable to all applicants.

Tenants and homeowners are required to submit:

  1. A copy of the most recent utility bill
  2. Copies of three (3) most recent statements for all assets including savings and checking accounts, certifications of deposit, IRAs, 401Ks, most recent dividend statements, and copies of the title page and current balance page of any passbook accounts for every occupant. If any occupant over 18 does not have a bank account, they must complete a “No Bank Account” statement.
  3. Three (3) months or 12 weeks of consecutive pay stubs for each household member earning income. 

Homeowners must also provide:

  1. Copy of the recorded deed to the property (must include the Registry of Deeds book and page number, and signature section).
  2. If the property is owned in Trust, please provide a copy of the recorded Trust document together with a schedule of beneficial interest.
  3. Most recent mortgage statement
  4. Most recent real estate tax bill
  5. Most recent water bill
  6. Social Security Number
  7. A statement indicating the annual premium for the homeowner's insurance

Other forms that may be required by tenants and homeowners:

*Occupants claiming no income must complete a “No Income Statement.”
*Occupants claiming self-employment must complete a “Self-employment Statement.”
*Current statement from the pension holder indicating the gross monthly pension.
*Current statement of benefits from social security (NOTE: You will not have this information on-hand Please call 1-800-772-1213 for this information.)
*Documentation from school describing enrollment status of all full-time students over 18 years of age occupying the unit.
*If an occupant receives public assistance, provide a signed letter from the social worker describing the monthly award. (Note: This form can be obtained from our office. Contact Andres Bueno to schedule an appointment Please see page one of this application for contact information.)
*Monthly letter from Veterans Affairs.
*Proof of any child support received, which could include a copy of the custody agreement, letter from the Department of Revenue, or other official documentation.
*A copy of the most recent lease agreement

If any occupant over the age of 18 in the household needs to complete a “No Bank Account Statement,” “No Income Statement,” or a “Self-employment Statement,” the forms can be accessed by clicking on the links above, or at our office. These forms must be notarized. The City of Somerville can provide a notary. Please contact Andres Bueno to schedule an appointment: 617-625-6600 x2584 / [email protected]

Please note:

  • All information provided will be treated confidentially.
  • Your application will not be considered complete until all applicable documentation has been submitted.
  • Lead Paint Safe Somerville applications are based on the income of the occupants of the property. Tenants may qualify.
  • If multiple units of a property are applying for the program, one application will need to be completed per unit. All occupants must provide applicable income documentation. 
  • Tenants must have consent from the property owner to participate.
  • Any work that begins before acceptance into the program is not eligible for retroactive funding or reimbursement.
  • There are specific restrictions and conditions associated with all of our funding sources. Funding is limited and will be available based on completeness of the application, City priorities, and income eligibility, especially units with lead-poisoned children, children under the age of six, and expectant mothers.
 
 
 

Step 3

Once we make a determination of eligibility, we will send a letter of acceptance or denial to the applicant. Upon receipt of the official letter of acceptance, you will be considered enrolled in the program.

Sample Project Timeline

If accepted into the program, City staff will work with owners and tenants throughout the project’s duration.

  • Staff will work with owners and tenants to schedule a time for a licensed inspector to inspect the property for the presence of lead paint.
  • If the unit tests negative for lead, the property owner may receive an Initial Letter of Deleading Compliance. The City will pay for the cost of the inspection.
  • If the tests come back positive for lead, then City staff will create a scope of work and communicate with property owners and tenants to schedule the best time for pre-qualified contractors to visit the site.
  • Once written proposals are received, City staff will select the lowest and most reasonable proposal.
  • The owner will pay $175 payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the mortgage recording fee at the closing.
  • Projects can take anywhere from 1-10 days to complete.
    • Before the project begins: The contractor may need the assistance of the occupants to move large items to the center of the room.
    • Relocation: Occupants may need to be relocated temporarily for the duration of the project. We encourage occupants to stay with friends or family if possible. If necessary, City staff will help coordinate relocation needs for occupants and property owners should there be a hardship. If lodging is required, the City will reimburse for temporary relocation costs. Owners may receive reduced rates through Somerville’s La Quinta and Holiday Inn hotels. Additionally, the City will reimburse up to $22/day for food expenses except for infants.
  • When dust wipes come back clean:
    • Residents will be cleared to return.
    • Owners will receive a Certificate of Compliance
    • Owners may be eligible for a state tax credit of up to $1,500. Click here to view more information about the tax credit.
    • The loan is forgiven after three years. If the property owner maintains compliance throughout the term of the loan, then at the end of the loan term a $75 filing fee payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will be required for the discharge. For an explanation of terms and conditions, please contact Andres Bueno: 617-625-6600 x2584 / [email protected]

Please note the City cannot reimburse for any inspections or work that has been completed before an applicant has been accepted into the program.

If Lead Paint Safe Somerville is not the best option for your household, City staff can help connect you to other lead-based paint incentive programs.

 
 

 

Open Enrollment

If you are a contractor who would like to become eligible to submit cost estimates on deleading jobs as they come into the program, please review the qualifications and application below. Completed applications can be sent to Russell Koty, Program Manager at:

[email protected]

or

OSPCD-Housing
ATTN: Russell Koty
93 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143

Local non-profits are invited to help make Somerville a healthier and safer place to live! The first 25 referrals made to the Lead Paint Safe Somerville by local on-profits that are accepted and enroll into the Program will receive a $200 Referral Bonus! Contact Christine Andrews for additional information:  617-625-6600 x2567 / [email protected]

Earn a $200 Referral Bonus!

  • Available for the first 25 units that are referred to the program by a local non-profit organization.

Qualifications:

  • Referral must complete the application process and have their units deleaded through Lead Paint Safe Somerville.
  • The organization must be an accredited 501-C-3 non-profit.
  • The organization must be located in Somerville.

How to Claim Your $200 Referral Bonus

  • Copy Andres Bueno, Program Specialist, on email correspondence with the resident at [email protected].
  • Call or email Andres with residents’ names and contact information that you would like us to follow-up with.
  • On the application, instruct applicants to fill in the following:
    • Paper App, Page 2, “How did you hear about the program?” Fill in non-profit name.
    • Online App, Page 2, “How did you hear about the program?” Select, “Communication from a non-profit.” We will follow-up with them and ask which one.
 

 

Outreach Events

Check back to see when our next Lead Paint Safe Somerville workshop or event will be scheduled! This is an opportunity to meet the staff, lead about the program, and get your questions answered.

Volunteers

There are many ways to take part in Lead Paint Safe Somerville and make a difference in your community! If you are interested in volunteering, please email or call Christine Andrews: 617-625-6600 x2567 / [email protected]

Lead Paint Safe Somerville Staff

Name

Position

Phone

Email

Contact for Questions On...

Andres Bueno

Program Specialist

617-625-6600 ext. 2584

[email protected]

Applications
General information

Gerry Carrington

Project Coordinator

617-625-6600 ext. 2563

[email protected]

Current projects
Scheduling inspections
Scheduling walk-throughs

Christine Andrews

Program Coordinator

617-625-6600 ext. 2567

[email protected]

Outreach
Marketing
Partnerships

Russell Koty

Program Manager

617-625-6600 ext. 2568

[email protected]

Agreements
Contracts

NOTICE: Due to a burst pipe in City Hall Annex, Lead Paint Safe Somerville program staff has been relocated to 8 Bonair Street, Somerville, MA 02143.

 

Translation Services

Language

Spanish

Portuguese

Staff member(s)

Andres Bueno
617-625-6600 x2584
[email protected]

Ithzel Polanco-Cabadas
617-625-6600 x2586
[email protected]

Irma Flores
617-625-6600 x2122
[email protected]

Adriana Fernandes
617-625-6600 x2123
[email protected]

Language

Haitian-Creole

Mandarin

Staff member(s)

Bryant Gaspard
617-625-6600 x2578
[email protected]

Jhenny Saint-Surin
617-625-6600 x2622
[email protected]

Ithzel Polanco-Cabadas
617-625-6600 x2586
[email protected]

 

City of Somerville Resources and Information

Print Materials:

Related Programs:

Outside Resources and Information

Statewide Programs

Description

Phone

Massachusetts Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Provides primary and secondary prevention services. The resourceful website features rules, regulations, certified inspectors and contractors.

617-624-5757

MassHousing Get the Lead Out Program

State-wide program with zero or low-interest loans with higher income limits.

617-494-0444

Blood Lead-Level Testing

Cambridge Health Alliance

617-665-1000

Boston Children’s Hospital

617-355-3612

Nutrition Programs

WIC

617-575-5330

 

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