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
  • ensure that healthcare providers test 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

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 property owners and tenants.

 

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?

  • We 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.
  • Read our "Was Your Home Built Before 1978?" flyer 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 website for additional information at LSLBC.louisiana.gov/.
  • Read and share our Important Information for Contractors About Lead explaining the EPA rules and regulations surrounding abatement services.
  • Our Louisiana-Certified Contractor Regional List can help you locate approved contractors for lead abatement.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a lead-safe renovation rule. Learn more and find a list of EPA-certified contractors in your area on the EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting Program website.