LakewoodAlive helping qualified residents cross off house painting from spring to-do list

LAKEWOOD, Ohio – A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a home. That’s the message LakewoodAlive will be delivering this spring when the annual Paint Lakewood program kicks off for the 2021 season.

“The Paint Lakewood program helps reduce exterior paint costs for low- to middle-income families,” said Allison L. Urbanek, director of Housing & Internal Operations, LakewoodAlive. “The program is also intended to help make a home look better, but also make it safer.

“We know that our housing stock is older and that there is lead paint. We’d like to repaint these homes so that blistering or peeling of leaded paint doesn’t affect our families, communities, and animals. “

Applicants for the Qualified Paint Lakewood program (homeowners and residents) who must meet income guidelines set by the HUD with other restrictions can receive a grant of up to $ 4,500 for exterior paint, supplies, and professional labor costs.

The funds associated with the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) are distributed on a sliding scale of income categories. Urbanek said LakewoodAlive will also help homeowners find resources to cover additional costs in further financial distress.

“We’re getting about $ 40,000 to get into the community,” said Urbanek. “All the money we bring in from town goes back to Lakewood to paint the houses.”

LakewoodAlive was originally launched as Lakewood’s Operation Paint Brush initiative and took over the program from the city in 2009. At that point it was changed from a $ 500 and materials reimbursement program to today where we offer grants to cover labor and labor costs.

In a year without a pandemic, Urbanek said, the program will typically support about 12 households; However, last year that number rose to 15 apartments due to the spring at home.

“This year we already have a waiting list of people who wanted to receive the application,” said Urbanek. “We never had that. We are preparing for a great painting season. We will do our best to meet the needs of the community. “

Urbanek emphasized that LakewoodAlive can help residents even if they don’t qualify for the Paint Lakewood program.

“We may be able to help you find a contractor or set you up with a different program,” said Urbanek. “It’s worth a call. We encourage everyone to get in touch if they want to learn more. A fresh coat of paint not only makes the house look great, it also makes you feel better. “

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