Lead Paint Abatement
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Lead Abatement Assistance

Cincinnati Lead Education and Remediation Program (CLEAR)

Lead Abatement Assistance Programs

DCED does not currently have a lead abatement assistance program, however,, you may still be eligible to receive assistance from the Cincinnati Health Department's Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. If you have orders issued on your property for lead abatement, would like to get your child tested for lead poisoning, or would like to borrow a HEPA vacuum cleaner, please contact the Cincinnati Health Department Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at 513-357-7420.

Community Development Projects & Lead

Lead rules apply to projects involving residential housing built before 1978 that receive assistance from the Department of Community and Economic Development.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development regulations require a lead risk assessment, which includes surface testing of painted surfaces with an XRF (X-ray fluorescence) machine and dust and soil samples. After the property is rehabilitated and before occupancy of a dwelling unit, a lead dust clearance test is required.

A licensed lead abatement contractor or EPA-certified lead safe renovators must be used for all lead work. The work must also comply with the stipulations of the existing contract with the City of Cincinnati.

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