Lead Hazard Control Grant

The Monroe County Department of Public Health was awarded a 3 year $3,270,000 “Lead Hazard Control Grant” from The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control.  The grant will be administered from December 1, 2014 – November 30, 2017.

The grant will increase the city of Rochester’s lead safe affordable housing and reduce housing related health hazards in conjunction with lead hazard control activities.  More than $1.9 million will be devoted over three years to fund direct lead hazard control and healthy home interventions in 270 dwellings located in the high risk areas for childhood lead poisoning in the city of Rochester, New York.  Reimbursement Homeowner Grants of up to $11,000/unit will be made available for units housing low and very low income residents.  In an effort to increase the energy efficiency, all windows and doors requiring replacement will meet 2009 Energy Star requirements.  Each unit will be evaluated for moisture/mold, need for pests and refuse management, indoor air, falls, and housing safety issues.  Up to $1000 of the $11,000 grant can be used for these “Healthy Home Interventions”.  Conditions that need to be addressed will be required in the Grant Work Plan.

A combination of cost effective interim and abatement controls will be used by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Certified Lead Abatement Firms and EPA Certified Renovation Firms to control all identified lead hazards in paint, dust and soil.  To keep costs down all processes related to grant intake, Combined Risk Assessment/Lead Inspections, Work Plans, Job Monitoring and Clearances will be performed by MCDPH grant funded and in-kind staff.  Owners who are approved for funding are required to leverage all additional Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Home costs beyond the reimbursable $11,000.

How to Apply for Funding?

MCDPH HUD Lead Hazard Control & Healthy Home Grant Fact Sheet/Application (2014-2017)

After reviewing Grant Fact Sheet and Eligibility Requirements, complete Application and Return Application & Required Documentation to:

Monroe County Department of Public Health
Lead Program - HUD LHC Grant
111 Westfall Road - Room 844
Rochester, New York 14620
(585) 753-5087


Lead Skills Training and Community Outreach Education Partners

  • The MCDPH's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) staff will conduct outreach and education at community events, health fairs, and with local neighborhood groups, health care providers, and pre-schools focusing on at-risk families. CLPPPP will also refer families who have a child with an elevated blood lead level.
  • Cornell University-Industrial Labor Relations will provide EPA Renovation, Repair & Painting Initial 8-hour and Refresher Training.  Training will be provided for low-income residents, contractors, property owners and the general public.

Lead Training (FREE)

Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint. This grant funds Free Lead Skills Training. Training is provided by Cornell University – Industrial Labor Relations.

Lead Remodeler Renovator Initial 8-Hour Training*

To become a certified renovator, an individual must successfully complete an 8-hour initial renovator training course and pass the hands-on skills assessment and exam.

Training is FREE and open to the general public. Seating is limited but pre-registration is required (see below).

*As of April 2010, federal law requires contractors to become EPA Lead Certified Renovators. The new Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule (LRRP) affects anyone who is paid to perform work that disturbs paint in housing and child-occupied facilities built before 1978.  This includes: residential rental property owners/managers, general contractors, maintenance personnel and trade contractors, including: HVAC, painters, plumbers, carpenters and electricians. Link to EPA for detailed information on new Federal Lead Rules for Contractors

Additional information is available at Cornell University's website: http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/healthSafety/training/leadBasedPaint/renovation.html


Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Lead poisoning is still a problem across New York State, including Wayne County. Many homes in Wayne County were constructed and painted prior to 1978 when lead based paints were removed from the market.

Lead poisoning is preventable. Ingestion of lead contaminated dust, paint, and soil are the primary cases of childhood lead poisoning. Lead can also be found in lead glazed or painted pottery, ammunition, fishing sinkers, stained glass solder, batteries, and imported foods, supplements and candy, clothing, toys and jewelry.

New York State requires doctors to do lead testing on all children at ages 1 and 2. Only a blood test can tell how much lead is in a child’s body. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determines acceptable blood lead levels in children (http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/acclpp/lead_levels_in_children_fact_sheet.pdf).

Lead poisoning has no initial symptoms but can lead to loss of developmental skills, slowed body growth, low iron, reduced IQ, hearing loss, behavior and attention problems. Children living in homes being remodeled that have been built before 1978 are at increased risk of being exposed to lead.

Parents can protect their child from becoming lead poisoned by:

  •  Wash your child’s hands often before meals, nap time, after playing outside and at bedtime.
  • Provide their children with a lead-healthy diet.
  • Wet dust and wet mop your home to keep dust tainted with lead from being spread throughout your home.
  • Take appropriate precautions when starting remodeling projects.

Children between the ages of 9 months and 6 years of age are at greatest risk of exposure of lead because they are apt to put fingers, hands, and toys in their mouths. Children are eye level with window sills where lead paint could be lurking. They are at risk for poisoning if they chew on these areas or inhale lead-tainted dust created by opening & closing windows.

Talk to your doctor about having your child tested for lead poisoning. If you do not have insurance you can call Wayne County Public Health at 315-946-5749 to have your child tested.

Check Out These Great Resources!

Finger Lakes Occupational Health Services

If you are exposed to lead on the job and concerned about your health contact Finger Lakes Occupational Health Services at 1-585-244-4771 or visit their website (http://urmc.rochester.edu/finger-lakes-occupational-health.aspx)

The Western New York Lead Poisoning Resource Center

It is located in Rochester and serves 9 counties. They provide support to medical providers, local health departments and provide lead poisoning prevention information to the public. Contact the Western New York Lead Poisoning Resource Center at 1-877-352-5775 or visit their website at (https://urmc.rochester.edu/childrens-hospital/lead-poisoning-resource-center.aspx)


Renters are entitled to safe and healthy housing. Landlords are required to give renters information on Tenant’s Rights. Landlords must give tenants information before doing renovations on rental property.

More information for tenants is available by visiting the links below:


The HUD/EPA disclosures rule requires you to give out the pamphlet: Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home (https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-02/documents/lead_in_your_home_brochure_land_b_w_508_easy_print_0.pdf)

to people before they rent or buy pre-1978 housing. Owners of rental housing must disclose information about lead paint hazards to potential renters before a lease is signed. Sellers must disclose information about any known lead-based paint or lead based hazards before they sell.

As of April 22, 2010 landlords paying someone to work on their rental property are responsible for following the new Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule. Homeowners working on their own property are strongly recommended to follow the EPA guidelines.


Lead dust generated by renovation work can cause lead poisoning in children, pregnant women, yourself other workers even pets. Changes in work practices can minimize and contain lead dust. Using safe work practices makes the job safer and reduces your liability.

After April 22, 2010, firms working in pre-1978 homes and child occupied facilities must be certified and use lead safe work practices during renovations.