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

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Lead Hazard Repair Funding

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Alameda County Healthy Homes Department, partnerships for affordable lead-safe housing. We offer financial assistance, as funds are available, in the cities of Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland for lead hazard repair work for rental properties with low-income families with children under 6 living in the home or regularly visiting, or a pregnant woman, and on an emergency basis for homes with lead poisoned children. Some owner occupied properties meeting the eligibility criteria may also be eligible.

We are currently accepting pre-applications for our waiting list for lead hazard repair funding. We encourage you to apply.

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What properties are eligible?

  • Properties must be pre-1978 residential rental property in Berkeley, Emeryville or Oakland.
  • For assistance with properties located in the City of Alameda, call 510-747-4341.
  • Some owner occupied homes that meet the eligibility criteria may also be eligible.
  • The units must be family housing; studio apartments or SRO hotels are not eligible.
  • If occupied, the unit(s) 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.
  • Vacant units with one or more bedroom are also eligible (see requirements section below).
  • The units must have low-income occupants or be vacant. 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
Income Limit

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What are the benefits of participating?

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

  • A lead risk assessment/paint inspection of your property
  • 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 Project Designer
  • 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
  • HUD approved training in lead-safe work practices for your maintenance crew
  • 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 the exterior and/or interior of the property
  • Replacing components such as windows and doors that are in poor condition
  • Landscaping over areas of bare contaminated soil
  • Specialized cleaning of lead dust
  • Some supplemental funds for other safety and healthy housing issues may also be available

The funds available through this Program may only be used for lead hazard control 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 $6,000 per unit are available for eligible properties. Grants do not have to be repaid provided the owner complies with the three year availability requirements (see below) for low-income families with young children. A grant lien will be placed on the property to ensure compliance and will be removed after 3 years provided the owner complies with all requirements. Supplemental no-interest deferred loan funds of up to $4,000 per unit will be available for projects that exceed the grant funding limits. Some supplemental funds for other safety and healthy housing issues may also be available. Owners who complete owner-paid repairs and improvements may be eligible for some loan forgiveness on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

Priority will be given to:

  • Units with a child with an elevated blood lead level
  • Older housing
  • Family housing with two or more bedrooms
  • Properties with multiple units with children

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What are the requirements?

  • Owner must have property insurance.
  • Work must be conducted by contractors trained in lead-safe work practices and pre-approved by ACLPPP.
  • 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.
  • Eligible work used for loan forgiveness purposes must be pre-approved by ACLPPP.
  • 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 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 Lead-Safe Property Certificate. As with any other safety or habitability issue, on-going maintenance will be needed.

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How can I get more information and apply?

To learn more and to receive an application, call the Alameda County Healthy Homes Department public information line at 510-567-8280 or E-mail us. You may also drop by the ACHHD office Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at 2000 Embarcadero, Suite #300, Oakland.

Or to complete the pre-application apply on-line here.

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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 you have received preliminary approval at which time additional information will be requested. A project designer will then be assigned to your project and will work with you from start to finish to make your property lead-safe.

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