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Lead is a naturally occurring element found in air, soil, and water, but it can cause a range of health problems. When lead is absorbed into the body, it can damage the body’s organ systems, especially the nervous system. Children under six years of age are at particular risk of damage to the brain and peripheral nerves because they are growing.

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Lead Safe Housing Rule Toolkit

The tools in the Lead Safe Housing Rule Toolkit help practitioners understand and comply with the federal lead rules. Use it to learn about preparing to administer projects, implementing key project tasks, and keeping records for compliance.

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Lead Exposure

What do I do if I think my child or I have been exposed to lead?

Talk to your pediatrician, general physician, or local health agency about what you can do. Your doctor can do a simple blood test to check you or your child for lead exposure.

View the Protect Your Family from Lead in the Home pamphlet, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, or contact the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD for more information.

Which Lead Rules Apply to My Program or Project?

The Lead Safe Housing Rule (LSHR) is divided into subparts. The applicable subpart is based upon the activity being funded. When there are multiple activities, the most protective subpart applies. When the LSHR applies to a project, it is likely that the EPA’s RRP rule also applies.

The LSHR does not apply if housing meets one of these conditions:

  • Property constructed on or after January 1, 1978
  • Zero-bedroom and Single-Room Occupancy units*
  • Housing for the elderly, or a residential property designated exclusively for persons with disabilities*
  • Properties found to be LBP free by an inspection, or where all LBP has been identified, removed, and clearance achieved
  • An unoccupied property that is to be demolished and remains unoccupied until demolition
  • Emergency repairs to protect life, health, safety or structure
  • Rehabilitation that does not disturb a painted surface
  • Compliance with requirements for testing and remediation may be reasonably delayed due to adverse weather conditions

*Exemption does not apply if a child under six years of age resides or is expected to reside in the dwelling unit

For property owners and administrators where HUD funds are tied to a residential property with a specific location and remains with a particular location throughout the term of the assistance. Owners receive funds, often called Project-Based Rental Assistance or Project-Based Vouchers, to support the property in exchange for reduced rents for low-income tenants.

Programs, i.e.:

  • Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS
  • Continuum of Care
  • Shelter Plus Care
  • FHA Multifamily Housing Program

Note: The subpart applies to the activity, not the program. The list provided is not exhaustive - other activities and programs may require compliance with 24 CFR Part 35.

View the LSHR Toolkit Modules:

Applies to programs that use HUD funds to rehabilitate residential properties. Rules may vary based on the levels of federal assistance per unit and hazard remediation carried out.

Programs, i.e.:

  • Community Development Block Grant Program
  • HOME Program
  • HOPE for Homeownership of Single Family Homes
  • Indian Housing Block Grant Program
  • Indian Community Development Block Grant Program
  • Emergency Shelter Grant
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS
  • Homeownership of Multifamily Units
  • Supportive Housing Programs
  • Interest Reduction Payment Grant Program
  • Flexible Subsidy-Capital Improvement Loan Program
  • Mark-to-Market Program

Note: The subpart applies to the activity, not the program. The list provided is not exhaustive - other activities and programs may require compliance with 24 CFR Part 35.

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Acquisition: Applies to programs that provide HUD funds to help entities, usually homebuyers, acquire residences as one-time assistance without additional rehabilitation assistance.

Leasing and Operations Support: Administrators of programs that provide ongoing federal assistance for residential properties, not including programs where other, more protective subparts apply.

Programs, i.e.:

  • Community Development Block Grant Program
  • HOPE for Homeownership of Single Family Homes
  • Indian Housing Block Grant Program
  • Indian Community Development Block Grant Program
  • Emergency Shelter Grant
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS
  • Homeownership of Multifamily Units
  • Supportive Housing Programs
  • Permanent Housing for Handicapped Homeless Persons

Note: The subpart applies to the activity, not the program. The list provided is not exhaustive - other activities and programs may require compliance with 24 CFR Part 35.

View the LSHR Toolkit Modules:

Applies to residential property assisted under the U.S. Housing Act of 1937, but not including housing assisted under section 8 of the 1937 Act (Housing Choice Voucher program).

For more information, view the EBLL Video Series for Public Housing Authorities and EBLL Resources for PHAs.

Applies to programs that provide HUD funds to help low-income renters pay their rent where federal rental assistance that is tied to the tenant, with no specific location.

Programs, i.e.:

  • Section 8 certificate and housing choice voucher programs (HCV)
  • HOME Program
  • Continuum of Care Program
  • Shelter Plus Care Program
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS
  • Indian Housing Block Grant Program

Note: The subpart applies to the activity, not the program. The list provided is not exhaustive - other activities and programs may require compliance with 24 CFR Part 35.

View the LSHR Toolkit Module:

Regulations

Review the following key regulations:

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Lead Safe Housing Rule Webinar Series: Subparts J and K

Webinar Series: Subparts J and K