Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Program

The RVA Lead-Based Hazard Control Program is a FREEprogram funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to control health hazards caused by lead based paint in housing built before 1978 where children under 6 or pregnant woman reside.

This program is administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development for City of Richmond in partnership with the Richmond City Health District (RCHD) Lead-Safe and Healthy Homes Initiative (LSHHI) and local non-profit project:HOMES.

Homes built before 1978 often have lead based paint on interior and exterior surfaces.  Deteriorated lead paint and lead paint dust can pose a serious health hazard to children younger than six.  Even small amounts of lead dust can poison a child which can affect child’s bloodstream can affect brain development and cause a wide range of symptoms from headaches and stomach pain to behavioral problems and anemia.  Pregnant women can suffer complications during pregnancy in addition to adverse pre-natal effect on a child’s development.


1. You must be a City resident, living in housing that was built before 1978.
2. The household must include a pregnant woman or a child under 6.
3. Homeowners and renters may participate
4. The income of all household members 18+ must total no more than 80% of the area median income for Richmond.

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5. You must be up-to-date on your Richmond City property taxes and mortgage.
6.  Participation in the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program is FREE and is available at no cost to all residential property owners and/or their tenants who meet the program’s financial criteria and requirements.
7.  There is no safe level of lead found in the body so have your child tested today.  To see if you qualify or to find out more information about this free program please contact Yvonne Johnson with the Richmond City Health District at 804-205-3727 or http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/richmond-city/healthy-homes/


How To Get Started 

  1. Contact Yvonne Johnson with the Richmond City Health District at 804-205-3727 or http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/richmond-city/healthy-homes/
  2. Be prepared to provide a driver's license or State issued ID for all applicants at current address.  Be able to provide documentation of income: most recent consecutive pay stubs covering at least 4 weeks of income or equivalent income statement for each person 18 years and older living the residence.  Be prepared to provide most recent bank statement for all accounts (3 statements preferred) Birth Certificate of child(ren) living or staying at residence.
  3. Applications are available from the Richmond City Health District website http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/richmond-city/lead-safe-and-healthy-home-initiative-forms/

How Richmond’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program Works

Richmond’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program is a federally funded grant program. Richmond has been awarded financial assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help eligible grantees with no expectation that the funds will be paid back. Once you reach eligibility, the following will happen.
Lead Hazard Reduction and Healthy Homes Scope of Work Development
Risk Assessment
The City Of Richmond’s sub recipient, Project:HOMES, conducts site visit and develops a scope of work for the home. The site visit conducts testing to find all possible lead hazards in the property.  The results from the site visit will show contractors where the lead hazards are located throughout the property, and will allow a scope of work to be developed. This will allow the contractors to understand what work needs to be completed on the property.
Temporary Relocation
Once the risk assessment and scope of work is completed by Project:HOMES and approved by the Department of Housing and Community Development for the City Of Richmond, the residents of the property will need to be relocated for a 10 day period while rehabilitation takes place. Those individuals receiving the rehabilitation should have a family member or relative that they can live with for the rehabilitation period. Those who can’t, which will be determined in the application process, may be eligible to receive a per-diem for temporary relocation.  
A certified lead abatement contractor will be selected to fix all lead hazards in your home. The furnishings and belongings in the work area will be protected or relocated prior to the start of work. The work areas will be prepared to prevent the migration of dust and construction debris using plastic sheeting. Once the lead areas are treated, then a specialized cleaning is performed by the contractor.
Clearance of the work area is performed by a state certified lead paint inspector or risk assessor. Copies of lead testing, scope of work, Certificate of Clearance, and Contractor’s Abatement Report should be retained by the property owner for the life of the property.  Copies of the report are shared with the owner and tenant.
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Contractors that are interested on working under the Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant need to contact Lead Hazard Control Project Manager Zack Miller with Project:HOMES at 804-612-3352 or Zack.Miller@projecthomes.org
Project:HOMES webpage is www.projecthomes.org


Lead Safe Housing Registry 

The following units have been made lead safe:

  1. 3311 Delaware Ave., 23222
  2. 2908 Hawthorne Ave., 23222
  3. 2418 2nd Ave., 23222
  4. 3221 Enslow Ave., 23222
  5. 906 E. 16th St., 23224
  6. 418 E Ladies Mile Rd., 23222
  7. 2004 Boston Ave., 23224
  8. 8 Overbrook  Rd., 23222
  9. 5115 Alberene Rd., 23224
  10. 5210 Waverly Ave., 23224
  11. 2103 Rose Ave., 23222
  12. 3605 Delaware Ave., 23222
  13. 2109 Rose Ave., 23222
  14. 4100 Welford Ave., 23234
  15. 1605 N. 19th St., 23223
  16. 3701 Lynhaven Avenue, 23234
  17. 3600 Iron Bridge Road, 23234
  18. 1902 Ruffin Road, 23234
City of Richmond
Economic & Community Development

Main Street Station
1500 East Main Street, Suite 400

Richmond, VA 23219