The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Erie (RACE) is happy to announce that applications are now open for the ARP Healthy Homes program.  The goal of this program is to promote healthy and safe housing to reduce lead poisoning, hospitalizations, injuries, illnesses, or deaths caused by preventable home health or safety hazards. This program builds on the Authority’s other rehabilitation programs to address a variety of environmental health and safety concerns, including lead, allergens, asthma, carbon monoxide, home safety, and pests. Through this program, staff will:

 ● Conduct comprehensive Healthy Home Assessments of your home to identify potential health/safety risks, including biological agents, chemical agents, and structural deficiencies.

● Provide education and intervention strategies that can be implemented to prevent or reduce identified risks before negative outcomes occur or worsen.

● Collaborate with healthcare providers and neighborhood groups throughout the city to increase awareness of healthy homes principles and services available to mitigate hazards, particularly for households within qualified census tracts (QCTs).

● Promote a healthy homes philosophy to the general public and local government entities to increase awareness and understanding of potential hazards and the types of illnesses and injuries related to those hazards. 

1. Upon acceptance, a RACE inspector will visit your property to take photos and sketch a floor plan to develop a preliminary estimate of how much work might be required;

2. A Health Assessment of the property will be conducted. If it is determined that lead-based paint is a hazard to the residents, a combination Lead Inspection/Risk Assessment will be conducted;

3.  RACE will solicit bids for the required remediation work from pre-qualified, licensed contractors;

4.  The project will be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder;

5.  The applicant and contractor will meet with a RACE representative to discuss relocation (if applicable) and to sign the contractor agreement, notice to proceed, mortgage, and other ancillary forms; 

6. The work will be scheduled;

7.  Occupants may be relocated on the day that the work is to begin; (PA Act 44 lead abatement requirement)

8. The work will be performed;

9.  Upon completion of the work, a Healthy Homes clearance assessment will be conducted. If applicable, a lead clearance test will occur.  

10.  Before the contractor is paid in full, the property owner must sign a document stating that the work is satisfactorily complete per the Scope of Work. 

For additional details on program outline, eligibility, selection criteria, funding, and a summary of the application and lead hazard removal process, see below. For income guidelines, see below. For the ARP Healthy Homes Program Application, see below.

 Fully-completed applications will be processed in the order in which they are received. Incomplete applications will not be processed until all supporting documents are submitted. Projects will be prioritized according to the program outline. If you have questions, please email intake@redeveloperie.org or call (814) 870-1540.

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