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

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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1 comment

Matt Morgan
Matt Morgan 08/19/2018 at 9:13 AM

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

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