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 2006, there were 85 children who were identified with elevated blood lead levels in Baltimore County. With a strong set of local, state and community partners (including the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning), the Department of Planning will use these funds to aggressively pursue its goal of ending childhood lead poisoning in Baltimore County.
The following topics are covered detailing the Lead Safe Program in Baltimore County.
- Green and Healthy Homes
- Community Outreach
- Who May Apply
- Income Eligibility
- Rental Properties
- How to Apply
- Forms and Information
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cannot Exceed per Year
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.
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.
Use the following documents for the lead-safe grant program.
Employment Verification Form (PDF) – This form must be filled out by the employer(s) of any Owner occupied or tenant applicants. Landlords do not need this document as shown in the landlord checklist.
Landlord Checklist (PDF) – This checklist shows all the tenants documents needed by Lead Safe Baltimore County in order to process the application.
Landlord Application (PDF)
No Mortgage Form (PDF)
Non-Resident Child Form (PDF)
Owner Occupied Checklist (PDF) – This checklist shows a home owner all of the necessary documents that will be needed by Lead Safe Baltimore County in order to process the application.
Tenant Checklist (PDF) – This checklist shows all the tenants documents needed by Lead Safe Baltimore County in order to process the application.
Tenant Application (PDF)
Zero Income Form (PDF)