Lead Poisoning Prevention
Lead Hazard Control Grant Qualifications

You may be eligible for lead hazard rehab assistance!

The most common source of lead in housing is paint made before 1978 that is peeling, cracking or in poor condition.  Young children exposed to lead paint or dust may become poisoned.  Lead poisoning can have serious impacts on your child’s health. The Minnesota Department of Health's Lead Hazard Control Grant (LHCG) offers assistance for housing rehabilitation.

Typical lead hazard rehabilitation assistance:

  • Window and door - replacement and/or repainting
  • Walls and ceilings - replacement and/or repainting
  • Baseboards and trim - replacement and/or repainting
  • Soil - replacement and/or covering

Lead hazard rehabilitation eligibility:  

  • The property is built before 1978:
    - Check with your County Assessor's Office for the year the property was built.

  • Must meet HUD income limits by County and Family Size:
    HUD Income Limits
    - Rental Housing: Very Low Income (at link above)
    - Owner Occupied Housing: Low Income (at link above)
  • Occupancy requirements:
    - a child under 72 Months of age lives at the property full time; or
    - a child under 72 Months of age attends licensed daycare full time at the property; or
    - a pregnant woman lives at the property full time.

  • Building Type Requirements:
    - Single-family residential; or
    - Multi-family residential with 4 units or less

  • Your project must be in an approved grant area. See:
    Lead Grant Service Areas by Agency (PDF: 141KB/2 pages)

Other Requirements:

  • All children under 72 months of age within each eligible home is required to have a blood lead test to determine if the child has been lead poisoned.  The blood lead test needs to be completed within 6 months prior to rehabilitation work being done on the home.  The results of the blood test, however, do not determine your eligibility to participate in the program.

  • The LHCG considers a level of (10) micrograms per deciliter, or higher, of whole blood an elevated blood lead level (EBL).
    -If the blood lead test result is not elevated, maximum assistance is $5,000 with a minimum 7 year deferred/forgivable loan.
    -If the blood lead test result is elevated, maximum assistance is $20,000 with minimum 7 year deferred/forgivable loan.
  • Applicants will be asked to complete and sign all required documents, verify income, and allow their house to be inspected.

How to Apply

Call the contact agency providing grants for your area:
Updated Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 04:00PM