The mayor of Vermont’s largest city says there’s funding available to help 100 Burlington homes become lead-free over the next two years.
Mayor Miro Weinberger urged property owners to take advantage of the Burlington Lead Program that will distribute the funds on a first-come, first-served basis. Earlier lead abatement projects on city properties have cost between $1,000 and $33,000 each.
Weinberger says lead poisoning can rob children of their full potential and cost taxpayers millions of dollars. He says the city’s lead abatement program helps ensure the safety of children and it will lead to more stable neighborhoods.
The lead program is part of the city’s Community and Economic Development Office. It’s funded largely by the federal government.
Lead paint can still be found in older rental properties.