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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.

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

Meet one of the following criteria:
- Have a child UNDER the age of six in the residence; or
- 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.

Meet both of the following dwelling requirements:
- Have been built before 1978; and
- Be occupied by an income-eligible household.

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%) be less than 80% AMI; or
    • 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 202-236-2657.

Income Guidelines for FY21 (October 1, 2020- September 30, 2021)

The table below provides the dollar figures for each program’s income limits by household size:

Household Size 50% AMI 80% AMI
1 $44,100 $70,550
2 $50,400 $80,650
3 $56,700 $90,700
4 $63,000 $100,800
5 $68,050 $108,850
6 $73,100 $116,950
7 $78,150 $125,000
*Figures are capped by the Budget Support Act

How do I apply?

Complete the Lead Reduction Program Application documents in the attachments section below and return them to:

DOEE, Attn: LaWanda Jones
1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002.

The following documents must be submitted with the application in order to be considered:

  • Copy of the birth certificate for all children under the age of six and currently residing in the property or visiting at least six hours per week;
  • Copy of Social Security Card for all household members;
  • Verification of income documentation for all members of the household 18 years old and over;
    • If not available, provide one of the following:
      • Certified copies of the last two years’ District (Form D-40) and federal (Form 4506) tax returns; or
      • Completed copy of employment verification form; or
      • Completed copy of the alimony affidavit or copy of court order; or
      • Copies of savings account bank statement issued within the past 30 days; or
      • Copies of checking account bank statements for the past six months; or
      • Notarized statement of no banking institution checking or savings account(s).
  • Verification of income documentation for all members of the household under the age of 17;
    • If not available, provide one of the following:
      • Completed copy of child support verification form; or
      • Proof of Social Security Income; or
      • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Award Letter.
  • Applicants that own their homes must submit:
    • Copy of Recorded Property Deed (not the Deed of Trust); and
    • Copy of current liability/fire insurance policy (Homeowner’s Insurance).
  • Copy of documentation determining the presence of lead-based paint or lead hazards (if applicable);
  • Copies of disclosures of lead-based paint (if applicable);
  • Copy of violation for lead or deteriorated paint violation (if applicable); and
  • Photographs of the exterior street-side elevation(s) (if applicable).

Multifamily Rental Participation Requirements:

Multifamily rental applicants must, for a period of three years after lead hazard reduction activities have been completed, 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.
  • Who do I contact if I need assistance?

Call 202-236-2657 or email [email protected].

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