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Lead Safe Baltimore County

The following topics are covered detailing the Lead Safe Program in Baltimore County.

Grant Summary

Baltimore County is a national leader in the integration of comprehensive green and healthy housing interventions and strategies to create healthy, affordable and sustainable homes for low income families. Baltimore Department of Planning has applied as and been approved as a new grantee for HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant funding. The County’s $4,602,849 program will combine $3,000,000 in HUD Grant funding with $1,602,849 in match funds. With these lead hazard control funds, the County will create 225 lead safe units and leverage matching resources to make them energy efficient and healthy. For decades, childhood lead poisoning has tragically impacted the lives of children and communities in Baltimore County. Lead poisoning's effects such as learning disabilities, loss of IQ, speech development problems, attention deficit disorder and aggressive behavior, have challenged the County's schools and juvenile justice systems in at risk communities. In 2014, there were 235 children who were identified with elevated blood lead levels in Baltimore County. With a strong set of local, state and community partners (including the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) and Rebuilding Together Baltimore and other non-profit housing agencies), the Department of Planning will use these funds to aggressively pursue its goal of ending childhood lead poisoning in Baltimore County.

Leveraging Green and Healthy Homes

The Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program Plan was formulated to incorporate and leverage existing components of the County’s Consolidated Plan, Master Plan and its enforcement strategies to address the needs of at-risk families and children. By combining lead hazard reduction funding with the Department’s existing Housing Rehabilitation Program, Lead Safe Baltimore County will leverage resources to create a greater stock of affordable lead safe homes and a more permanent transformation of deteriorated housing to sustainable lead-safe and healthy housing.

Community Outreach

In partnership with GHHI and Rebuilding Together Baltimore, Lead Safe Baltimore County will promote the program’s lead hazard reduction services, educate the target communities on the dangers of lead-based paint hazards and engage the communities in how to create, access and maintain greener, healthier, lead safe housing. Through 150 trainings, presentations, and outreach events to community organizations, realtor associations, rental property owner associations, faith-based organizations, parent groups and health care providers, the program will reach a broad segment of 16,500 County residents in the target communities with lead poisoning prevention information and services. The Program will leverage on a strong network of community, health care provider and government agency referral sources to identify older, lower income properties where children reside that are at greatest need for lead hazard reduction services.

Who May Apply for a Lead Safe Grant?

Homeowners, Renters and Landlords owning or renting houses in Baltimore County can apply for this grant program, however, there are eight criteria that must be met in order for a property to qualify. In order to qualify for the grant, a property will have to meet the following specifications:

  • The property must be located in a Neighborhood Improvement target ZIP code. Those ZIP codes are, 21117, 21133, 21136, 21162, 21204, 21206, 21207, 21208, 21209, 21212, 21215, 21220, 21221, 21222, 21224, 21227, 21228, 21229, 21230, 21234, 21237, 21239, 21244, 21286.
  • The property must have been constructed before 1978.
  • A child under the age of six must live at or frequently visit the property.
  • A pregnant women must live at or frequently visit the property.
  • The property must contain at least one bedroom.
  • The property must have a lead-based paint hazard which will be determined by a qualified Baltimore County lead hazard risk assessor.
  • Occupants of the property must not exceed HUD income limits listed below.

Income Eligibility Chart

Household Size

Cannot Exceed per Year

















Rental Properties

With regards to rental properties, all of the criteria above must be met by the occupants or tenants of the property. The landlord's obligation in the program is to give priority in renting to families who have children under the age of six for three years. If a property is vacant, it is only subject to criteria having to do with the property itself such as being built before 1978, being in a targeted ZIP code, etc. Giving priority to families with children under the age of six for three years would still apply after the lead hazard reduction work is completed. If a rental property is vacant landlord shall pay 10 percent of the total cost.

How to Apply

To apply for this grant, please call Lead Safe Baltimore County at 410-887-3668 to have an application sent to you or download and print out your application by selecting the links below. Along with the application, there are a few other documents you will need to provide that are listed as a printable checklist in the resources section below. If you need any special assistance throughout the process we will accommodate you in any way possible.

Forms and Information

Use the following documents for the lead-safe grant program.


Marcia Williams
Phone: 410-887-6055


Revised June 14, 2016        

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