The leading causes of lead poisoning are ingestion of contaminated dust and soil found in or around older houses. Children under the age of 6 are most at risk of becoming lead poisoned because of how quickly they grow and develop. Even low levels of lead can potentially cause permanent brain and nervous system damage, learning and behavioral problems, and result in a lower IQ.
The Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program is designed to protect children under the age of 6 from exposure to lead-based paint. The federally funded grant program is managed through a partnership between the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) and the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA). The funding is part of a $127 million effort by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to better protect families from lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards.
Through this program, qualifying homeowners will receive a full lead-risk assessment, an abatement plan and abatement services, which can average $8,500 per home. This program is available to homeowners and landlords. The program is free for homeowners and covers 100 percent of all costs. For landlords, the program covers $6,000 and 90 percent of costs that exceed grant funding.
To qualify, applicants must meet the following requirements:
• This program is only available to residents of the City and County of Denver.
• Live in a home built prior to 1978.
• Be the parent or caregiver of a child or children under the age of 6. The child does not have to reside with the family full time. Caregivers with a child living in the residence at least three hours per day, two days a week, totaling 60 hours a year qualify.
• Have a household income equal to or less than 80 percent of the Denver area median income based on the family size as defined by HUD.
The rule establishes standards for lead-based paint hazards (including hazards from lead in
dust and soil) in most pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities. In addition, paint in
deteriorating condition — peeling, chipping, cracking or bubbling — on a friction or impact surface,
as in the opening and closing of windows or doors, or on certain chewable surfaces, like
window sills, are also defined as a hazard.
HUD Healthy Homes Initiative
This program is also compliant with the HUD Healthy Homes initiative, which offers $5,000 grants for lead-hazard clients to address other health and safety issues and services such as fire alarms, pest control and mold mitigation. (The program recognizes 29 total eligible hazards including lead hazards). Talk with a DURA staff member to see if you’re eligible for these services.
Call DURA at (303) 534-3872 or fill out the form below to let us know you’re interested in the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program and to see if you meet the eligibility requirements.