Summit County is getting a $2.5 million federal grant over three years to reduce lead-paint hazards by improving about 140 homes where young children live.
The grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be matched by more than $300,000 in local funds.
About $2.3 million from the grant will be used on lead-paint problems with $200,000 earmarked for Healthy Home repairs to reduce risks for children age 6 or younger, Summit County Public Health spokesman Bob Hasenyager said.
Officials expect that lead-paint reduction will cost an average of $11,000 at the 140 homes, he said.
The project will provide residents with grants and loans that will be wiped out if residents remain in the houses for five years, he said.
The federal grant will pay up to certain levels of lead abatement, he said.
About 160 houses will be assessed for lead-paint problems, he said.
The houses can be anywhere in the county, but will likely be in Akron, Cuyahoga Falls and Barberton — the three communities with the most lead-paint problems, Hasenyager said.
The program is also open to rental properties with certain restrictions, he said.
The grant was arranged by the health district and the Summit County Office of Community and Economic Development.
The county will get the grant on Aug. 1 and the work will likely get underway in October or November.
Lead paint is “still a big problem,” Hasenyager said. It is most prevalent in older houses built before 1978.