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4/5/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Funding assistance to remove lead hazards available

GREATER AKRON — Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley, an affiliate of Rebuilding Together Inc., is offering homeowners with children younger than 6 financial assistance in lead-abatement services on their homes.

The most common pathway for lead poisoning is deteriorating lead-based paint, usually found where there is chipping and peeling paint, especially on older windows, doors and trim, walls, porches and siding.

Throughout Summit County, various government agencies and area nonprofits continue to battle against it, according to organization officials.

The city of Green is partnering with Rebuilding Together and Akron, the lead funding agency, to use a $4 million federal grant to help decrease the dangers of lead-based paint in Summit County homes.

Applications for grant funding assistance to remove lead-based paint is available to income-eligible homeowners in amounts of up to $7,500 per housing unit, according to organization officials. The program provides assistance for single-family homes as well as two- to four-unit dwellings.

Eligible households must include children younger than 6 or a pregnant mother, according to organization officials. Household income cannot exceed 80 percent of the median income. For a family of two, the eligible income would not exceed $42,600; for a family of four, the eligible income would not exceed $53,200, according to organization officials.

To obtain an application, contact Rebuilding Together at 330-773-4100 or email info@rebuildingtogether-sc.org.

Habitat of Summit County issues call for families

AKRON — Habitat for Humanity of Summit County plans to build three houses in eight days.

The organization is participating in the 2012 Home Builders Blitz, a partnership between Habitat for Humanity affiliates and the local building community, and is set to begin building the three homes June 4 on Ardella Street.

“We are very excited to be participating in this year’s Home Builders Blitz,” said Rochelle Fisher, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Summit County. “We are currently looking for families that are interested in building and owning a new home in Akron.”

The organization is seeking applicants who are in need of adequate shelter, are willing to partner with Habitat, have a decent and responsible credit history and have the ability to make a monthly mortgage payment. Also, each adult applicant must be willing to complete a total of 250 “sweat equity hours” of volunteering.

For details on applying for the homeownership program, visit www.hfhsummitcounty.org.

— By Stephanie Kist

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