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Lead Safe Atlanta

 Lead Hazard Control Program

The purpose of the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control (LHC) and the Lead Hazard Reduction (LHRD) grant programs is 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.

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. 

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 ?
  • Do you meet Income Requirements ? (See Chart Below)


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 Cannot Exceed
 per Year









If you answered yes to these questions, the Lead Hazard Control Grant may be able to assist your family.

For a LHC Program Application and Information form, go to our website for the application

If you are a landlord, homeowner, daycare operator or currently rent an apartment or home, you should read the renovate right pamphlet  information to know your rights: 

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 HUD website for more information or call us at 404.546.5323   

How much money can I receive for lead hazard reduction from the Safe Atlanta Lead Program if I qualify?
An eligible one (1-4) unit property can receive a maximum three (3) year deferred loan from $8,000 to $20,000 for lead hazard risk reduction work. Click here for more information.

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.

If there is an overage, can I just have some of the work done?
No. All lead hazards listed on the lead risk assessment are required to be addressed.

If my job costs comes in lower than the maximum amount allotted for my property, can I use money for other repairs?
No. The City of Atlanta Lead Program only covers lead hazards.

Can I do the lead work myself or hire a contractor to do the work? 

No. Work must be done by City Of Atlanta Lead Program approved contractors.

Last updated: 10/22/2012 1:28:48 PM