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City to assist with lead based paint hazard abatement (Updated!)

08/19/2018 6:00 AM by

We got a message from Dona Huang, Program Manager from Lead-Safe and Healthy Homes Initiative about the RVA Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control (LBPHC) Program. This Program is administered by the City of Richmond in partnership with the Richmond City Health District (RCHD), local non-profit project:HOMES, and the City’s Lead-Safe and Healthy Home Initiative (LSHHI).

What is it?

This is a HUD-funded 3-year program to control health hazards caused by lead based paint in homes and apartments built before 1978 where children under 6 or pregnant women reside.

Who does it prioritize?

This program prioritizes children and pregnant women with an elevated blood lead level, but anyone living in a pre-1978 home who meets the income threshold, and has a pregnant woman or child also qualifies.

Why is this important?

Lead from paint in older homes can pose a serious health hazard. Children are especially at risk. Small amounts of lead in a child’s bloodstream can affect a child’s developing brain and can lead to a wide range of symptoms, from headaches and stomach pain to behavioral problems and anemia. In pregnant women, lead can result in complications to a pregnancy in addition to adverse pre-natal effects on the child’s development.

What are the criteria for eligibility?

  • Home must be built before 1978
  • Household needs to have a child under 6 or a pregnant woman who tested positive for an elevated blood lead level in the last 6 months
  • Participation includes homeowners and renters
  • Income must total no more than 80% if the area median income for Richmond
  • You must be current on your City property taxes and mortgage

What if I have additional questions?

For questions regarding the program qualification and application form, please contact Yvonne Johnson at (804) 205-3726.

Where can I find the applications?

Introduction Sheet and Eligibility

Instruction to the Application Form

Owner-occupied Property Application Form

Rental Occupied Property Application Form

Richmond City Income Eligibility (AMI) Chart

Lead Program Brochure


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