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Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction

Lead is a toxic metal. Lead paint, the primary source of lead poisoning, creates invisible lead duct and paint chips, which can cause permanent damage to the developing central nervous system if ingested or inhaled. Children can get lead poisoning many ways, including chewing on windowsills, floors, toys or contaminated soil, or putting their hands in their mouths after touching a contaminated area. Pets that play in contaminated soil can also harm your children.

The Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program provides grants to assist low-income homeowners in addressing unsafe lead paint conditions that pose a potential health hazard to young children. The program is designed to assist owners of single-family dwellings and investor owners of properties with two or more bedrooms.

Since the program's inception in 1998, the City of Charlotte has received over $17 million to reduce lead hazards in over 2,000 homes. Click here to see a list of homes made safe through LeadSafe Charlotte during the past five years.

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Who is Eligible?
Applicants eligible for assistance under the Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program must:

  • Reside within the City of Charlotte
  • Own dwelling in need of lead hazard reduction
  • Have a household income which does not exceed 80% of the area median income for the household size
  • Have a child under the age of six residing or visiting in home more than six hours a week (owner occupied units)
  • Reside in a dwelling that was built before 1978

Repairs include but are not limited to:

  • Removing and replacing windows and doors that have been identified with lead based paint hazards
  • Painting or siding the exterior of a home that has been identified with lead based paint hazards
  • Repairing interior doors to ensure smooth operation

Income Limits
Household income which does not exceed 80% of the area median income for the household size:

                 FAMILY SIZE

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How do I get started in the application process?
Homeowners who wish to apply for assistance must contact the LeadSafe Charlotte Hotline at 704-336-2114. Applications are available below.

New application coming soon

Who do I contact for more information? 
For questions and additional information about the Lead Hazard Reduction Program, contact:
Kristina Stoots
City of Charlotte
Code Enforcement
2730-B Rozzelles Ferry Road
Charlotte, NC 28208

LeadSafe Charlotte Outreach Program
LeadSafe Charlotte is leading the way in protecting children from the dangers of lead by educating families and providing information on the hazards of lead exposure. As part of our commitment of creating safe, lead-free environments for families, LeadSafe Charlotte provides a wide range of services for those who qualify, including:

  • Free lead inspections at your home
  • Free testing of children
  • Free clean-up, painting, repair and rehabilitation of your home or rental property

Should my home be tested?
If your home was built before 1978 and you are pregnant, have children under the age of six living in your home or are visiting often, then  you should have your home tested. 

Should my child be tested for lead poisoning?
If you determine that your house needs testing, then your child should be tested. Contact the LeadSafe Charlotte Hotline at 704-336-2114 to see if you qualify for free testing or have your child’s blood tested for lead at their pediatrician or other health care provider.

Questions? Contact the LeadSafe Charlotte Hotline at 704-336-2114.