Lead Safe Atlanta

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 Lead Hazard Control Program

The purpose of the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control (LHC) and the Lead Hazard Reduction (LHRD) grant programs were to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in eligible privately owned housing for rental or owner-occupants. The Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant program is the largest program in terms of dollar amount and number of grants. Both programs have a stellar track record across the country.

In 2014, the City of Atlanta was awarded a 2.1 million Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes Grant to reduce lead hazards in the homes of children under six years of age. The City closed the grant and no longer administers the program but still wants the community to be informed about Lead Hazards and Lead Safety. 

Young children are especially in danger.  Lead-based paint is the number one environmental hazard to children under age six.  Serious and permanent effects of lead poisoning in children are:

  • Learning and behavior problems
  • Poor mental development
  • Hearing problems
  • Organ damage or kidney failure
  • Brain damage
  • High levels can even cause death

What can you do ?

  • Was your Home built before 1978 ?
  • Do you have children six or younger living in the home ?
  • Is there visible damaged or peeling paint in the home, or outside play areas ?

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does lead come from?
Lead is a natural element found in the form of an ore called galena.

What is lead poisoning?
Lead poisoning means you have too much lead in your body. Lead can be found in your blood, soft tissues and in your bones. If lead levels in the blood stream are high, there can be serious health risks.

Where can I learn more about lead hazards?
Please visit the for more information or call us at 404.546.5323   

What happens at the inspection?
Inspectors will take soil and dust wipe samples and check all painted surfaces (interior and exterior) at the property to determine if there are lead paint hazards. The inspection lasts about two (2) hours.

What is a deferred loan?
The money borrowed will not need to be paid back as long as the property owner does not sell the house for three (3) years. If the house is sold before the three (3) years, the full amount of the loan would need to be paid back to the Lead Program.



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