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 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.

Criteria & Qualifications

To qualify for the Lead Safe home Program, you must meet ALL of the following:

□ Your home is located in the city of Harrisburg,

□ There must be a child under 6 years of age OR a pregnant female LIVING IN the home;

□ 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 Income

Household Size Maximum Household Income 

*Eligibility is also based on condition of home and estimated cost of addressing lead hazards

In addition, consideration will be given to families meeting the following criteria:

  • Your child or a visiting child (under six years of age spending 60 hours on an annual basis) has an elevated blood lead level
  • 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 lead safe work practices
  • LHRD will provide relocation assistance

You may receive an average of $2,000 to $13,500 in work on your home, based on lead inspection risk assessment. Since each home is different, this depends on the size and condition of your home, as well as thelocation 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!

Additional Information

What is the process?

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).

2. Funding is provided as follows:

a. 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).

b. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Based on this inspection, the field staff will write a list detailing what needs to be fixed to make the home lead-safe.

6. The field staff will bid and contract with a state-certified lead abatement contractor to perform the work.

7. 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.

Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Program
Department of Building & Housing Development
10 N 2nd Street, Suite 206
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Contact Information

Questions? Please call us at (717) 255-6419 or fill out the contact form below. Failure to submit checklist and necessary documentation may be cause for program denial.

We will contact you within 24-48 hours.