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Maricela Narvaez-Foster
Director
Healthy Homes Department
Including the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

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Lead Hazard Repair Funding


Free Lead Paint Repair Grants for owners of pre-1978 residential properties in Alameda County

Free lead testing, up to $10,000 per unit for lead hazard repairs, and extensive project assistance to help make your home or property lead-safe.

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Alameda County Healthy Homes Department, Partnerships For Affordable Lead-Safe Housing program. We are currently accepting pre-applications for lead hazard repair funding. We encourage you to apply.

(Note: If you are a licensed contractor interested in bidding on projects for the Lead Hazard Control Program please go to the page How to Become a Contractor for the Lead Hazard Control Program)

Printable Flyer with Pre-Application (PDF - 277kb)

Online Pre-Application

What properties are eligible?

  • Properties must be pre-1978 residential property in Alameda County.
  • The units must be family housing; studio apartments or SRO hotels are not eligible.
  • Owner-occupied properties must be home to a child under six years old or a pregnant woman, or be regularly visited by a child under six at least 2 visits per week of at least 3 hours each.
  • The units must have low-income occupants. The income limit is determined based on the number of people living in the household, including children. The gross household income of the occupants may not exceed the amount listed in the chart below.
Persons in household
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Income Limit
$52,650
$60,150
$67,650
$75,150
$81,200
$87,200
$93,200
$99,200

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What are the benefits of participating?

The Alameda County Healthy Homes Department will provide the following free services:

  • A lead paint inspection and risk assessment of your property
  • A healthy homes inspection
  • Health education for families with young children to learn how to prevent lead poisoning
  • A work plan to reduce lead hazards prepared by a state certified professional
  • Some supplemental funds for other safety and healthy housing issues may also be available
  • Assistance with selecting qualified contractors trained in lead-safe work practices
  • Project monitoring and clearance testing to assure your property is lead-safe
  • EPA Lead Safety for Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) training in lead-safe work practices for your maintenance crew and waived certification fee once your application is approved
  • A comprehensive maintenance manual to help you keep your property lead-safe

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What work can be done with the funding?

When lead-based paint or soil hazards are identified, lead hazard reduction work may include:

  • Safely repainting deteriorated lead-based paint on the exterior and/or interior of the property
  • Repairing conditions such as rubbing doors that contribute to the creation of lead hazards
  • Replacing damaged components such as rotted siding or windows ┬áthat have deteriorating lead-based paint.
  • Landscaping over areas of bare lead contaminated soil
  • Specialized cleaning of lead dust
  • Some supplemental funds for other safety and healthy housing issues which may include addressing life safety, trip and fall hazards, mold and moisture, and electrical and plumbing repairs.

The funds available through this Program may only be used for lead hazard control and healthy homes work. All funds are paid directly to the contractor who has been approved to conduct the work.


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What financial assistance is available?

Grants of up to $10,000 per unit for lead hazard repair work.

Lead Hazard Repair funds may be used for lead hazard control work as identified by the lead paint inspection and risk assessment. Healthy Homes Repair funds may only be used for healthy homes repairs identified by the ACHHD project designer. The amount of funds provided will be based on the cost of the repairs which may be less than the funding limits.


Priority will be given to properties:

  • Where children under six are living or spending a significant time or there is a pregnant occupant
  • That were built before 1960
  • Family home child cares
  • That are participating in the Section 8 program

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What are the requirements?

  • Work must be conducted by contractors trained in lead-safe work practices and pre-approved by ACHHD.
  • The work needed must be feasible with the financing available, all lead hazards must be addressed and the property must meet basic standards of habitability.
  • Owner must have property insurance.
  • Rental units when vacant must be made available and marketed to low income families and the owner must give priority to families with children under six for at least three (3) years.
  • The owner must maintain documentation for meeting the above requirement. The Program will provide guidance.
  • Your property will be included on the Lead-Safe Housing Registry.

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What about my liability?

Having a lead-safe and healthy property is the best protection against liability. Letting old lead-paint peel or doing uncontained paint removal is against state law and can increase your liability. By participating in this program you are taking pro-active steps to make your property lead-safe. At the completion of the work, you will receive a clearance report showing that lead hazards have been addressed in participating units. As with any other safety or habitability issue, on-going maintenance will be needed.


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How do I apply?

To apply for Lead Hazard Repair Services and Funding:

  • Submit your pre-application on-line. An email address is required.
  • OR

  • Print out the pre-application form (PDF - 126kb) and mail, scan or drop off your completed pre-application.

    Drop-Off Locations:
    • Hayward: 224 W. Winton Ave, Rm. 110
    • Oakland: 2000 Embarcadero #300
  • OR

  • E-mail us.
  • OR

  • Call 510-567-8280 or come by the ACHHD office at 2000 Embarcadero, Suite 300, Oakland for an application. We are open Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

For more information call 510-567-8280.


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What happens after I apply?

Your application will be reviewed for eligibility and rated based on the priority criteria mentioned above. We will be available to talk with you about how the program works, answer any questions, and offer an on-site consultation if needed. You will be notified in writing as to whether your property has received approval to move forward with the application process at which time additional information will be requested. When the application process is complete, a project designer will be assigned to your project and will work with you from start to finish to make your property lead-safe.


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