Bloomington Accepts Requests for Lead Hazard Assistance

Bloomington Accepts Requests for Lead Hazard Assistance

BLOOMINGTON — The City of Bloomington is accepting applications from 61,701 residents for assistance through the Lead Paint Hazard Reduction Program.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes is proposing to reduce lead-based paint in 92 units or dwellings at no cost to homeowners, according to a city press release.

The 61701 postcode was selected due to aging housing stock, the press release said. The target area contains 78.7% of COB’s pre-1978 housing and 71.2% of its low-income families. The Illinois Department of Public Health said in a 2017 lead surveillance report that one in 20 children under age 6 tested in Bloomington had elevated blood lead levels.

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Selection will be based on fully completed and approved applications (by paint inspection/risk assessment) with prioritization. Candidate prioritization will be based on units housing a child with an EBL of 5 ug/dL; accommodation with children under 6 or pregnant women; properties with open code violations; and vacant properties suitable for LMI families with children under 6 years old. Houses are selected based on age, structural condition, number of children under 6, and degree of poverty.

Nominations can be submitted online at or in person.

Contact program manager John Plunkett at 309-660-5211 for more information.

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Contact Olivia Jacobs at 309-820-3352. Follow Olivia on Twitter: @olivia___jacobs

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