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Washington State Lead Hazard Control Grant

 

Background

About 40 percent of homes built prior to 1978 contain some lead-based paint.  In Washington, this number is about 700,000.  Because lead is a poison, if you live in older housing, your family could be at risk for lead poisoning. Young children are especially in danger.  Lead-based paint is the number one environmental hazard to children under age six.  Serious and permanent effects of lead poisoning in children are:

  • Learning and behavior problems
  • Poor mental development
  • Hearing problems
  • Organ damage or kidney failure
  • Brain damage
  • High levels can even cause death 
     

What we do  

The Department of Commerce's (Commerce) Lead Hazard Control Grant Program (LHCGP) provides funding for the control of lead-based paint hazards in low-income families' homes and for training in lead-safe work practices, lead awareness, and for outreach educational materials.  The LHCGP makes housing for low-income people safer by testing for and mitigating lead-based paint hazards.

 

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