Neighborhood Development's Lead Safe Housing Program provides grants to assist low-income homeowners with addressing unsafe lead paint conditions that pose a potential health hazard to young children.
The program is designed to assist owners of single- and multi-family dwellings and rental properties.
Is Your Home 'Healthy'?
The Lead Safe Housing Program is leading the way in protecting children from the dangers of lead by educating families and providing information on the hazards of lead exposure.
Call us at 336-373-3624 if you are a homeowner, landlord or contractor interested in receiving more information about the dangers of lead-based paint and how to protect your family or the families you serve.
Since the program's inception in 2002, Neighborhood Development has received more than $5 million to reduce lead hazards in more than 1,000 housing units.
Yes, if your home was built before 1978.
All children should be tested for lead poisoning at the discretion of their physician. Contact the Guilford County Department of Public Health at 336-641-7777 to see if you qualify for free testing and schedule free blood testing for children enrolled in our program.
Homeowner applicants eligible for assistance under the Lead Safe Housing Program must:
- Own a dwelling - located in Greensboro city limits - that was built before 1978
- Have a household income below 80 percent of the area median income for the household size (occupant income is evaluated to determine eligibility for rental properties)
- Have a child under the age of six residing or visiting in the home more than six hours a week or have a pregnant woman living in the household
- If requiring non-lead emergency repairs, a household must comply with emergency repair guidelines or other resources.
Rental property owner applicants eligible for assistance under the Lead Safe Housing Program must:
- Own a rental unit - located in Greensboro city limits - that was built before 1978
- Have an income is below 80 percent of the area median income for the household size
- For multi-family rental housing, at least one-half of the units must be occupied by families at or below 80 percent of area median income (buildings with five or more units may have 20 percent of the units occupied by families with incomes above 80 percent of area median income)
- Rental units are not required to have children under six present, however, upon unit turnover, the property owner must commit to making the unit available to families with children under six and give priority in renting units to families with a child six or under for not less than five years following abatement activities
- If a unit requires non-lead emergency repairs that are causing any major health and/or safety threat, the rental property owner must make the needed emergency repairs or obtain assistance from the City Rental Housing Improvement Program (RHIP) – when funds are available – to make repairs within RHIP guidelines.
Repairs include but are not limited to:
- Removing and replacing windows and doors that have been identified with lead-based paint hazards
- Painting or siding the exterior of a home that has been identified with lead-based paint hazards
- Repairing interior doors to ensure smooth operation, which reduces the occurrence of lead contaminated paint dust.
Household income should not exceed 80 percent of the area median income for the household size.
Fill out the appropriate application and submit it to the City by mail or in person (see addresses below).
Neighborhood Development Department
PO Box 3136
Greensboro, NC, 27402-3136
Neighborhood Development Department, Third Floor, Reception Desk
Melvin Municipal Office Building
300 W. Washington St.
After the applicant is determined eligible, a rehabilitation specialist will inspect the property to assess the current condition and eligibility of the property for the Lead Safe Housing Program. Applicants are encouraged to provide information on existing items that need repair.
If the property is eligible for the program, a meeting to discuss details will be scheduled by program staff.
Preference is given in situations that threaten the health and safety of the occupants. Homes are prioritized as follows:
1. Homes of children with elevated blood lead levels of greater than or equal to 5 ug/l
2. Privately owned, single-family residents (owner occupants)
3. Investor owners of multi-unit complexes and single unit housing who are willing to bring all units in compliance with the housing codes using their own resources.
4. Other agency referrals.