URA approves higher limits for loan program to replace lead service lines
The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) will expand its previously approved loan program for replacing lead service lines to make it even more affordable.
Previously, at the March 9 meeting, the URA Board approved program guidelines for a new initiative – the Replace Old Lead Lines (ROLL) program, designed to help borrowers finance the costs of replacing private lead water service lines from the curb to the house. Last week, the board approved a revision to the initial program guidelines and provided a maximum borrower income limit of 150 percent area median income (AMI), an increase from the initial income limit proposal of 120 percent AMI.
The work is intended to be coordinated with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s efforts to replace lead water lines that run from the service main under the street to the curb. Through coordination with the PWSA, the cost of the private work for homeowners and property owners would be reduced as PWSA would be responsible for the necessary digging and repairing of streets and sidewalks.
The income limits by family size for 150 percent AMI are as follows:
One person $74,800
Two persons $85,500
Three persons $96,150
Four persons $106,800
Five persons $115,400
Waivers of maximum borrower income could be considered under extenuating circumstances.