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Lead-Based Paint Hazard-Reduction

Lead Removal Accomplishments

HPD and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have participated in several HUD grants since 1995.  The grant funded initiatives are part of the Primary Prevention Lead Grant Program (PPP).  The first grant, known as the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Grant in 1995, completed and cleared 697 units or 10% above the original contract goal.  The Program contributed significant data from 515 of its 697 completed units to a national study conducted by HUD.  The basic scope of work consisted of low-level interim controls or paint stabilization for 397 units, with higher measures of intervention and abatement in 300 units undergoing moderate to gut rehabilitation.

Between 1998 and 2007, HPD and DOHMH received nine additional HUD-funded initiatives, including the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction, the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Demonstration, the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control, and the Lead Outreach grants.  Nearly 2,000 units were treated and cleared.  City Capital funding assisted these grants with match contributions and enabled HPD to exceed its goals under each HUD initiative.  HPD is currently under the Demonstration 2007 and the Lead Hazard Control 2007 federal grants.  Both current grants will expire in April, 2011.  It is expected that a total of 832 units will be treated or 36% over goal. 

Different community-based organizations (CBOs) participated as partners under each initiative.  The CBO groups assisted HPD and DOHMH with education and outreach.  Among their many efforts, the following is worthy of note:

  • Contractors obtained EPA licensing and certification for lead work;
  • Owners, building maintenance staff and tenants were trained in lead-safety, lead-poisoning prevention and lead-safe work practices;
  • Hundreds of local residents who provide day care for young children under six years of age were trained in lead-based paint hazard awareness and poison prevention.

Since the inception of the HUD funded grants in 1995, the City has witnessed a significant decrease in the incidence of elevated blood lead levels (EBL) cases in the Program’s targeted areas.  While some areas show even higher reductions in EBL cases, the overall decrease in the past fifteen years is nearly 92%. 


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