The Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Program at the City of Harrisburg – Department of Building and Housing Development offers assistance to low and moderate- income families, as well as Rental Property Owners, in making their homes lead-safe for children.
The Program has made over 800 homes lead-safe since April, 1995. Hundreds of young children now live in housing made lead safe through our program.
What is the Lead Safe Home Program?
If you are eligible for the Lead Safe Home Program, we will provide a FREE Lead Inspection and Risk Assessment on your property an average of $2,000 to $13,500 in work to make your home lead-safe, including items such as new windows, doors, painting and cleaning.
To qualify for the Lead Safe home Program, you must meet ALL of the following:
□ There must be a child under 6 years of age OR a pregnant female LIVING IN the home;
□ Your home is located in the city of Harrisburg, OR child/children under 6 years of age with an Elevated Blood Lead (EBL) level of 5ug/dL or higher occupy the home and the home is located outside of a target area.
□ Your home or apartment must be built prior to 1978;
□ Your home must contain at least one bedroom;
□ The property taxes on your home must be paid up-to-date. If applicable, rental properties must have valid rental certificate and no code violations;
□ Residing occupant income (gross) must be low or moderate;
Household Size/Maximum Household Income
*Eligibility is also based on condition of home and estimated cost of addressing lead hazards.
Children are at risk of getting lead poisoning if they live in a house or visit a home/daycare builtbefore 1978 that has paint that is chipping, peeling, cracking or chalking. Lead in paint, house dust and soil hurts a child’s health and can cause behavior problems such as learning disabilities, hyperactivity and poor hearing. Most children do not show signs of being sick from lead. The only way to find out if your child has lead poisoning is through a blood test. Call your child’s doctor or clinic to have the test done.
In addition, consideration will be given to families meeting the following criteria:
Your child or a visiting child has an elevated blood lead level
Your home is occupied by a pregnant woman.
Your home was built prior to 1940.
Your home is used as an in-home daycare.
The following commitments must be made by the household:
• Allow field staff into your home to inspect for lead before and after the project
• Children under 6 years old must have blood tests for lead before and 6 months after the project.
• Most likely, the family must move out of the home during project construction.
• Must be willing to contribute to the project in some way, either money or labor. This contribution may also come from other local programs in your area (housing agency, community action agency, church, etc).
In return, you’ll receive an average of $2,000 to $13,500 in work on your home, including items such as new windows, doors, painting and cleaning. Since each home is different, this depends on the size and condition of your home, as well as the location where lead-based paint is found. At the end of the work, you’ll have peace of mind, that your home is now safe for young children!
How does the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Program work?
1. Complete an application, making sure to include proof of income (Includes, but is not limited to 3 most recent pay stubs or last year’s W2s, federal or state tax returns, alimony, disability, and/or Department of Human Services statements).
Funding is provided as follows:
Owner Occupied: Grant funds will be provided towards lead hazard control. The Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Program can typically provide up to $13,500 in grant funds towards your project. However, other sources of funding will be explored to match to our funds (i.e., funds from city or community, housing agency).
Rental Properties: Grant funds will be provided from $2,000 to $13,500 PER UNIT, dependent upon certain criteria of your property. The remaining costs must be paid by the rental property owner. If the total project cost does not exceed the grant amount that we are providing, rental property owners are asked to contribute $500 copay per unit.
2. Program field staff will contact you to visit the home to conduct an initial site visit and to determine if the home meets basic housing code standards.
3. If approved for the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Program, a field staff will come back to your home and do a full lead inspection/risk assessment at no cost to find areas that are hazardous to young children.
4. Based on this inspection, the field staff will write a list detailing what needs to be fixed to make the home lead-safe.
5. The field staff will bid and contract with a state-certified lead abatement contractor to perform the work.
6. The lead hazard reduction work typically takes 10-20 days to complete. You will be required to relocate from the house during the lead safe interim controls. A relocation stipend will be available upon request until funds are no longer available.
Call (717) 255-6419 for an application and additional information or download it here
Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Program Department of Building & Housing Development
10 N 2nd Street, Suite 206
Harrisburg, PA 17101