Lead Hazard Control Grant
Who's at risk? Preventing childhood lead-paint poisoning:
Lead-contaminated dust is the primary cause of lead exposure and can lead to a variety of health problems in young children, including IQ, developmental delays, learning disabilities, and impaired hearing – all preventable.
Iowa’s incidence of children with elevated blood lead levels is greater than twice the national average.
Homes built before 1978 carry risk of lead paint hazards. The greatest risk is to homes built prior to 1960, and Iowa has one of the largest stocks of houses built prior to 1960 in the nation.
The Lead Hazard Control Grant provides funding for homeowners and property owners to mitigate lead based paint hazards in older homes. Assistance is for owner-occupied and multi-family low and moderate income households within a target area. The target area includes households located within Cedar Rapids including the five core Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) neighborhoods. In this area, 3% of the children have already tested at an elevated blood lead level.
Creating Healthy Communities...
Funds are available for primary prevention in homes built prior to 1978, for households who have children under the age of six, and who meet program guidelines. The opportunity is through a partnership with the City of Cedar Rapids and Linn County Public Health.
The program provides funds to reduce hazards associated with lead paint poisoning in the home including:
- Inspection Costs
- Improvement Costs
- Healthy Homes Assessment and Education
Program Guidelines & Eligibility
Eligible applicants (either owners or tenants) must meet specific guidelines to qualify:
- Property must be built before 1978.
- Households must include child(ren) under the age of six who reside or frequently visit the property.
- Total household income cannot exceed 80% of the area median income determined by HUD.
- Investor-owned properties are eligible if their tenants have met the income criteria.
- Costs for investor-owned properties will be funded by the grant up to 60%. The owner will cover 40%.
- Investors with up to four multi-family units may qualify if half the tenants are at 50% of the area median income, with none exceeding 80% of the area median income.
- Cedar Rapids units that include children with elevated blood lead levels, as cited by Linn County Public Health Department.
- Units within the Target Area that demonstrate incidence of lead-based paint, where children under the age of six reside or frequently visit, or that are occupied by a woman who is pregnant.
- Other units in Cedar Rapids that demonstrate incidence of lead-based paint, where children under the age of six reside or frequently visit, or that are occupied by a woman who is pregnant.
- Units in the Target Area that demonstrate incidence of lead-based paint.
A lien will be filed against the property for the amount of lead hazard assistance provided. The amount will be forgiven 20% a year until 100% of the award is paid off, if the homeowner remains in the home for a five year period.
Keeping Families Safe:
Families will be relocated to a lead-safe unit during the lead hazard control project, to protect families from exposure.
A blood lead test is required for all children under the age of six prior to project start-up. Results do not impact eligibility.
Want to learn more? We're here to answer your questions.
City of Cedar Rapids
Art Anderson | 319-286-5179
Linn County Public Health
Ann Olson | 319-892-6056
Linn County Healthy Homes LHCG Webpage
City of Cedar Rapids LHCG Webpage
View the Lead Hazard Control Grant Brochure