The Cities of Lewiston and Auburn, in partnership with Atrix International Incorporated, offers a HEPA vacuum loan program for safe lead dust and paint chip removal in residential properties.
You can use a special vacuum cleaner called a High Efficiency Particulate Air Filter (HEPA) vacuum to clean up lead. The HEPA vacuum has a filter designed specifically to pick up very small lead dust particles as well as paint chips from walls, floors window sills and window wells. Never use your household vacuum cleaner to clean up paint chips or dust from walls, floors, windowsills or window wells. Regular household vacuum cleaners are not recommended for lead cleanup as the filter is not equipped to pick up and hold fine lead dust particles. This results in redistribution of lead dust through the exhaust of the vacuum and throughout the home, exposing the occupants.
To rent your HEPA Vacuum click here for the HEPA Vacuum Rental agreement.
The City of Lewiston received a 3-year $3.4 million dollar lead hazard control grant from the federal Housing and Urban Development department in 2015. It and manages this grant under the name “Lewiston-Auburn Lead Program” (LALP). The LALP Program is a collaborative effort between the City of Lewiston, City of Auburn, Community Concepts Inc., and Healthy Androscoggin. It is a dynamic program model for integrating green and healthy housing interventions with strategies to create lead safe, healthy, and affordable homes for low income families in Lewiston and Auburn.
LALP grant funds are being used to address lead paint hazards and some non-lead health hazards in 225 housing units. These are primarily in rental properties in downtown Lewiston and Auburn. The program also works for low income home owners who live in the target areas.
Residents in these units are also provided with healthy homes education from the Healthy Androscoggin staff. This is to empower them so they may better protect their families, wherever they choose to live, from up to 27 different types of healthy home hazards.
Local property owners may enroll their single-family or rental properties in the LALP program, and can do so by reaching out to community concepts. Applications are accepted in the order they are received and will be processed as funds are available. The LALP program does prioritize properties for consideration that have a State of Maine CDC mandated abatement order for Lead Hazards.