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Lead Reduction Program

The Lead Reduction Program uses U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds to assist eligible households with lead hazard reduction activities. The primary purpose of the Lead Reduction Program is to maximize the number of children under the age of six years old protected from lead poisoning in the District.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the Lead Reduction Program, residential properties must:

Meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have a child UNDER the age of six residing in the home;
  • Have a child UNDER the age of six visiting for a significant amount of time (defined as at least three hours a day on two separate days of the week and a total of 60 hours per year) at the residence; or
  • Have a pregnant woman residing in the home.

AND

Meet both of the following dwelling requirements:

  • Have been built before 1978; and
  • Be occupied by an income-eligible household.

Unlike DOEE’s other programs, the Lead Reduction Program uses HUD’s 24 CFR 5.609 definition of income, which also takes assets into account. To be income-eligible for the Lead Reduction Program:

  • Applicants that own their homes must have an annual income below 80% Area Median Income (AMI).
  • Multifamily rental properties must meet one of the following requirements:
    - At least 50% of the units must be less than 50% AMI, with the remaining units (<50%) less than 80% AMI; or
    - For properties with five or more units, at most 20% of the total units in the building may exceed 80% AMI. Of the remaining units, at least 50% must be less than 50% AMI.

To determine if your rental property is eligible, please call (202) 299-3316.

Current Income Guidelines
The table below provides the dollar figures for the program’s annual income limits by household size:

Household Size 50% AMI 80% AMI
1 $44,150 $72,250
2 $51,600 $82,550
3 $58,050 $92,900
4 $64,500 $103,200
5 $69,700 $111,450
6 $74,850 $119,700
7 $80,000 $127,950
8 $85,150 $129,000*
*Figures are capped by the Budget Support Act

Rental Participation Requirements:

For a period of three years after lead hazard reduction activities have been completed, the owner of a rental property must sign an agreement with DOEE to perform the following:

  • Priority renting: give priority in renting assisted units to families with children age six and under or to pregnant women;
  • Affirmative marketing: affirmatively market assisted units to families with children age six and under or pregnant women (at a minimum, this must include notifying the D.C. Housing Authority, Section 8 Voucher Program on the availability of the units); and
  • Maintenance: develop and carry out a maintenance and operations plan to ensure the property is periodically monitored and remains lead safe.

Ineligible Properties:

The following property types are ineligible to receive assistance through the Lead Reduction Program:

  • Project-Based Section 8 units or public housing;
  • Properties for which District or Federal taxes are not paid; and/or
  • Properties with outstanding life safety housing violations.

How do I apply?

There are three ways to apply:

What documents do I need to apply?

Submit copies of the following documents:

  • Signed and completed application;
  • Government-issued photo ID for the head of household;
  • Proof of Social Security number for all household members;
  • Birth certificate of each child under the age of six currently residing in the property or visiting at least six hours per week;
  • Proof of household income:
    • For household members 18 and over:
      • If you are employed, fill out and sign the first page of the Employment Verification Form,
      • If you receive other income, such as unemployment, pensions, or benefits, submit your most recent proof showing the gross amount received,
    • For household members 17 and under:
      • If your child receives child support:
        - Submit a computer printout from the authorizing agency showing the gross amount and frequency, or
        - Sign the release section of Child Support Verification Form,
      • If your child receives unearned income, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and/or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), submit your most recent benefit letter,
    • If no one in your household receives income, mail in the notarized original copy of the DOEE Zero Income Affidavit Form;
  • Proof of household assets:
    • If you have a bank account:
      • If you have a savings account, submit a statement issued within the past 30 days with the account number blacked out
      • If you have a checking account, submit statements for the past 6 months with the account number blacked out,
    • If you do not have a checking or savings account, mail in the notarized original copy of the Notarized Statement of No Bank Account Form, and
    • If you have property other than your primary residence, other assets, etc., submit passbooks or financial statement completed by a financial institution, or a real estate tax assessment/appraisal; and
  • Applicants that own their homes must submit copies of the:
    • Recorded property deed (not the deed of trust), and
    • Current liability/fire insurance policy (homeowner’s insurance).

If applicable, submit a copy of:

  • Documentation determining the presence of lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards,
  • Disclosures of lead-based paint,
  • Violations for lead and/or deteriorated paint, and
  • Photographs of the exterior street-side elevation(s).

See the attachment section below for the Lead Reduction Program Application, the supplemental forms, and the LRP Income and Asset Documentation Guide to see what you need to submit.

Still have questions?

Watch the Lead Reduction Program Webinar and if you still have questions call us at (202) 299-3316 or email [email protected].

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