Maine landlords to get $4 million for lead abatement

LEWISTON — Maine housing advocates announced the roll-out of a $4 million state lead-abatement program Thursday, aimed at filling gaps for landlords in need of funding to remove lead poisoning threats from buildings.

The program is the product of legislation spearheaded earlier this year by Lewiston state Rep. Jared Golden, who spoke during a news conference on Howard Street alongside a number of local partners in combating the public health issue.

Lewiston has long been recognized as having one of the highest rates of childhood lead poisoning in the state, and officials working on local efforts say the new program will result in more complete lead-removal projects.

Sun Journal