Applications Being Accepted for the Help Eliminate Lead Program

September 5, 2018 09:07 AM
Applications are still being accepted from Galesburg residents for the Help Eliminate Lead Program, as there is sufficient funding for ten more participants in the program. The City of Galesburg and Western Illinois Regional Council are providing funding through an Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Community Development Block Grant to qualified applicants for addressing lead hazards in their homes.
Through the grant, homes will be made lead safe at no expense to the homeowner. Each home selected for the program will receive between $15,000 - $20,000 worth of assistance, which will be utilized for work such as exterior siding, windows, doors, and trim. The grant funds 100% of the cost of the project, and there is no cost to the homeowner. Requirements to be eligible for the program include living within Galesburg city limits in an owner-occupied home with the presence of lead paint hazards and meeting the state’s low-income guidelines for Knox County.
"Residents, especially those with young children who are most adversely affected by lead hazards, are encouraged to call and see if they qualify for the program," said Judy Guenseth, Housing Program Coordinator for the City of Galesburg. "For those unsure if there may be any lead hazards present in their home, an assessment will be conducted as part of the application process to see what, if any, lead hazards are present."
Homeowners that believe they may qualify for the program can contact Jeff Cozadd, Housing Programs Manager, Western Illinois Regional Council at 309-837-3941 to schedule an appointment. WIRC will perform a detailed lead assessment of the selected properties and develop a scope of work and budget.
For more information, or to see if you may qualify for the program, please contact Jeff Cozadd at 309-837-3941. Additional information, including income guidelines, can be found in the informational brochure on the City's website. 


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