Lead Hazard Control

The Redvelopment Authority administers a program funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); the purpose of which is to reduce or eliminate toxic lead hazards in residential dwellings throughout Erie County, at no cost to the occupants.

Program Qualifications

  • Household must include a child under the age of 6, an expectant mother, or a child under the age of 6 that spends a significant amount of time visiting the home.
  • Home must be located in Erie County.
  • Household income must be less than the following amounts (subject to verification) - 
1 Person $42,000
2 Persons $48,000
3 Persons $54,000
4 Persons $60,000
5 Persons $64,800
6 Persons $69,600
7 Persons $74,400
8 Persons $79,200
  • Mortgages, taxes, and utilities must be paid current.
  • Home must be in sound structural condition.

This program applies to both owner and tenant occupied dwellings.  While the grant pays for 100% of the lead hazard work in owner occupied homes, landlords are required to pay only 20% of the cost of the lead hazard work in tenant occupied structures.

Activities to remove lead hazards in a home vary depending on the locations of the hazards, but typically include window replacement, interior and exterior painting,  replacement of doors, flooring, and encapsulation of soffits and fascia board. 

The Erie Redevelopment Authority strongly encourages parents to have children tested for blood lead poisoning, particularly in the family resides in a home built prior to 1978.

For more information on the harmful effects of lead poisoning - watch for the upcoming theatrical release of MisLEAD - American's Secret Epidemic.