On March 4, Governor Baker signed a supplemental budget for FY2020. The budget contains $5 million to recapitalize the Get the Lead Out Program to support lead paint remediation, $15 million for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and $2 million in additional funding for HomeBASE.
The Get the Lead Out Program provides low-cost financing to owners of 1-4 family properties to remove hazardous lead paint from their homes and reduce the possibility of lead poisoning in children. MassHousing is the administrating agency for this program. Properties served by the program must either be owner-occupied by people with low or moderate incomes, or house tenants with low to moderate incomes. The program was at risk of running out of funds. The $5 million is expected to provide funding for lead remediation services for the next three years.
LIHEAP, known commonly as Fuel Assistance, provides eligible households with help in paying a portion of winter heating bills.
HomeBASE offers families an alternative to emergency shelter by providing stabilization services and up to $10,000 to pay rent, utilities, security deposits, and other expenses that would allow them to stay in their homes or move out of emergency shelter.
CHAPA thanks the House and Senate for including these important programs in their supplemental budgets and the Governor for supporting these programs in the final signed budget.
Click here for a link to the budget language.