With all the negative media surrounding lead paint recently, there are still organizations out there striving to make a change for the better when it comes to keeping children and their families safe from the dangers of lead paint. Harris Jones & Malone client, the Maryland Multi-Housing Association (MMHA), has members who are constantly working towards finding ways to provide environmentally safe and affordable rental housing for Maryland’s residents and, to that end, they currently provide such housing to nearly 200,000 families in Maryland.
In 1994, the Maryland General Assembly passed a law requiring landlords of rental housing built before 1950 to register with the State in order to take the necessary steps to reduce the risk of exposing children to lead paint. Recently, the Maryland General Assembly extended these registration and remediation safeguards to all rental housing built before 1978, the year when residential use of lead paint was federally banned. During that time, MMHA has made it its mission to educate property owners, managers, maintenance technicians, and contractors on the dangers of lead paint and how to resolve issues within their communities.
MMHA is passionate about providing safe and affordable housing in the State of Maryland and strives to keep its members informed on new laws and other changes involving lead paint liability. Through MMHA’s assistance, their members with rental housing homes built before 1978 have become completely lead-free or limited lead-free communities, where there is no lead on the inside of the residential rental units. Furthermore, the organization was recently recognized by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) as one of two organizations that met the technical requirements of a Lead Education and Outreach Grant. In accordance with meeting the MDE’s technical requirements, MMHA had to prove itself as a master of the subject matter.
MMHA’s owners and managers boast an abundance of knowledge and unique perspectives that can assist policy makers in producing informed legislation in the future. The organization is the frontrunner when it comes to enriching Maryland with affordable rental housing and providing education and outreach to the community. To learn more about MMHA and the difference it is making in the community, click here.
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