What is lead paint abatement?
Lead abatement is the activity of removing and lowering the risk of lead poisoning in a home.
What is the Lead Paint Abatement Program?
Solano County received funding from a lawsuit with 3 paint companies to provide free lead paint hazard removal for older homes (pre-1978). Eligible properties include single-family homes and multi-housing properties, located in high-risk neighborhoods.
What is the goal of the Lead Paint Abatement Program?
The Lead Paint Abatement Program seeks to improve the health of the community and lower the risk of lead in older homes in Solano County.
Where is lead found in home?
Lead may be found in walls, windows, doors, floors, base boards, and other parts inside and outside the home.
Who is at risk for lead poisoning?
Any person can become lead poisoned, but children under the age of six years and pregnant women have a higher risk of lead poisoning. Lead-based paint is still the most common source for lead poisoning. Over time, painted surfaces crumble into household dust. This dust clings to toys, fingers, and other objects that children put in their mouths. This is how most children become lead poisoned.
What homes in Solano County are eligible for the Lead Paint Abatement Program?
All 3 criteria must be present:
- Homes built before 1978,
- Homes with young children (6 years and younger) and/or pregnant women, and
- Homes with peeling, cracking, chipping, or deteriorating paint
Why are homes built before 1978 eligible for the Lead Paint Abatement Program?
Even though lead-based paint was banned for residential use in 1978, lead may still present in some old homes. These homes are at higher risk of lead contamination if there is peeling or chipped paint, which can cause lead poisoning.
Are childcare facilities eligible for the Lead Paint Abatement Program?
Childcare facilities are eligible only if it is a residential daycare property.
What is the process for the Lead Paint Abatement Program?
- Renter or property owner completes an application
- Lead Paint Abatement Program staff will review for eligibility
- Renter and property owner will receive a letter of approval or denial
- If approved, Lead Paint Abatement staff will make an appointment to complete an onsite home evaluation of lead hazards and create an abatement workplan for the home
- The Lead Paint Abatement Program staff will arrange for contractors with abatement expertise to remove the lead hazards
- Under certain circumstances, temporary housing may be arranged for renters until repairs are finished
- Temporary housing is not available for owner-occupied properties/units
- Final clearance inspection will be issued by Environmental Health staff in the Lead Paint Abatement Program
Do renters have to be a citizen or documented to apply?
No, immigration status is not considered for approval of lead paint abatement.
How long is the lead paint abatement process?
Depending on what needs to be done, repairs can take a few days or a few weeks.
Does the Lead Paint Abatement Program replace roofs?
No, roofs or room additions are not covered by the Lead Paint Abatement Program
Who pays for lead paint abatement?
There is no charge for lead paint abatement of eligible homes in the full lead paint abatement program and costs are covered by the Lead Paint Abatement Program funds up to $30,000. Our doors/windows and/or friction surfaces program has a $10,000 cap per eligible home, the homeowner is responsible for costs above this amount.
Are there partial lead paint abatement funds available?
Yes, there is a $10,000 cap per eligible home for doors/windows and/or friction surfaces program has, the homeowner is responsible for costs above this amount.
What should be done if you think a child may have been lead poisoned?
Ask the doctor for a blood lead test. Medi-Cal and the Child Health & Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program provides free blood lead testing. Other health insurance plans may also pay for blood lead testing.
Where can I find more information about reducing lead hazards?
Solano County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program https://www.solanocounty.com/depts/ph/mch/programs/clpp.asp
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Environmental Protection Agency