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Low Income Mitigation Assistance in Minnesota - MAY 30 DEADLINE

by Margaret Henderson

Due to Minnesota’s geology and building types and climate of long winter weather, two in five homes in Minnesota have high radon levels, in excess of the US EPA 4pCi/L recommended action level. Approximately 80% of Minnesota counties are expected to have high radon potentials.

For persons for whom mitigation is unaffordable, the Radon Program recognizes the need to provide special information that may help in making mitigation attainable.
The Minnesota Department of Health provides information about financial assistance to low income persons for mitigating radon. Depending on availability of funds, the Radon Program notes these possible sources:

  • Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA), offering low-interest fixed rate loans;
  • US Department of Housing and Urban Development - HUD "203k" Program, offering some loan programs;
  • Rural Repair and Rehabilitation Loans and Grants, offering loans and grants.

A current project, the Radon Mitigation Project, currently is offering free radon reduction systems based on financial need, radon level and associated risk. The deadline is May 30, 2018 for making application. This Project is offered by the MN Cancer Alliance Radon Workgroup, through partnership with Midwest Radon Specialists, for provision of five to ten reduction systems. The Minnesota Department of Health Radon Program will receive information about the applicant and property in order to give guidance on selection of appropriate properties for mitigation.

To learn more about the Project, visit https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MNMDH/2018/04/18/file_attachments/992195/About%2Bthe%2BProgram_Radon%2BMitigation%2BProject%2Bv.2.docx.pdf

To see the application form, visit https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MNMDH/2018/04/18/file_attachments/992196/Application_Radon%2BMitigation%2BProject%2Bv.2.docx.pdf

For more information about radon in Minnesota, visit:
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/radon/index.html
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/radon/financial.html
health.indoorair@state.mn.us
651-201-4601