LPPP: Lead Abatement Services

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The Louisiana Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is a program of the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health. Our program’s goals are to:

  • eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Louisiana by making sure that healthcare providers are testing children under the age of six for lead in their blood 
  • reduce or eliminate lead in the home by testing homes and properties for lead hazards
  • coordinate care for children affected by lead poisoning

We want to focus on protecting current and future generations of children from the dangers of exposure to lead from contaminated paint, dust and soil by making sure people know the importance of home assessments and the health impacts of lead exposure. It's important to know the signs of lead poisoning in young children, how to identify and then act against lead risks in your home, and know what services are available to you and your clients as a property owner or tenant.

 

 

What is the lead abatement program and how is it funded?

In fall of 2016, the Louisiana Department of Health’s Louisiana Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (LHHCLPP) was awarded more than $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to perform lead-hazard control work on properties housing one or more children under six years of age. The grant is funded for three years with a Healthy Homes Supplemental funds in the amount of $150,000 to be used during this three year period. The grant enables LHHCLPPP to conduct lead hazard control and healthy homes work in 17 Louisiana parishes. Specifically, the funds are used for the identification of lead hazards in units occupied by children who have been lead poisoned or are at risk of becoming lead poisoned; the remediation of the lead hazards through appropriate control or abatement procedures; and, ancillary activities such as training, outreach, and casework.

 

To apply for the lead abatement program, please call us directly at (504) 568-8254

 

How does a property owner, landlord, or tenant qualify for the program?

  • This grant allows us to offer free environmental home assessments and provides free lead abatement services to those who qualify.
  • If your home or apartment, that you own or rent, was built before 1978 and you have a child under the age of 6 who spends 10 or more hours a week in your home, you may qualify.
  • Additionally, you must reside in one of the following parishes:
    • Beauregard
    • Caddo
    • Caldwell
    • Catahoula
    • Claiborne
    • Concordia
    • De Soto
    • East Carroll
    • East Feliciana
    • Jefferson Davis
    • Morehouse
    • Orleans
    • Plaquemines
    • St. Mary
    • Tensas
    • West Carroll
    • Winn
  • There are income qualifications as well – the owner or residents must be considered low or very-low income. If you own a vacant home that you plan to rent to low-income residents, you may also qualify. Contact us for further details on this.
  • We've developed "Was Your Home Built Before 1978?" for potential applicants to read for more details about qualifications and how to apply.

What are next steps after a qualified propery owner signs up?

  • We send a Certified Risk Assessor to come to your house to perform a full lead and healthy homes inspection.
    • This includes dust, soil and water sampling and paint analyzation to identify lead hazards. The Risk Assessor also inspects the home for other health hazards such as mold, asbestos, and fire and other safety hazards.
  • Once your home has been identified as having lead hazards, the grant allows our program to hire a contractor certified in lead abatement to address the issues and make the house more lead safe and healthy for the family.
  • All of this is at no cost to the family or homeowner.

What other information do you have in regards to contractors?

  • According to Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) regulations, lead-based paint abatement contractors must be licensed by the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors. For information on obtaining a license to abate lead-based paint, contact the LSLBC by phone at (225) 765-2301. You can also view their web site for additional information at http://www.LSLBC.louisiana.gov/.
  • We have published Important Information for Contractors About Lead explaining the EPA rules and regulations surrounding abatement services.
  • We also have a Louisiana-Certified Contractor Regional List available to help you locate approved contractors for lead abatement.

Where can I find further information about lead hazards, healthy homes, and the lead abatement program?