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Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Program

The RVA Lead-based Paint Hazard Control Program is a FREE program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to control health hazards caused by lead-based paint in housing built before 1978 where children under 6, or where a pregnant woman may reside.

This program is administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for the City of Richmond in partnership with the Richmond City Health District (RCHD) Lead-Safe and Healthy Homes Initiative (LSHHI) and the local non-profit, projectHOMES.

Homes built before 1978 often have lead-based paint on interior and exterior surfaces. Deteriorated lead paint and lead paint dust can pose a serious health hazard to children younger than six. Even small amounts of lead dust can poison a child through the child's bloodstream and then can affect brain development and cause a wide range of symptoms from headaches and stomach pain to behavioral problems and anemia. Pregnant women may suffer complications during pregnancy in addition to adverse pre-natal effect on a child's development.

Participation in the Lead-based Paint Hazard Control Program is FREE and is available at no cost to all residential property owners and/or landlords where their tenants meet the program's financial criteria and requirements.

There is no safe level of lead found in the body, so have your child tested today!

To see if you qualify or to find out more information about this free program please contact project:HOMES at 804-718-0517 or


  1. You must be a City resident, living in housing that was built before 1978.
  2. The household must include a pregnant woman, or a child under 6. Households with children under the age of 6 that visit the home regularly may also be eligible.
  3. Homeowners and renters are both eligible to participate in the program.
  4. You must be up-to-date on your Richmond City property taxes and mortgage payments.
  5. The income of all household members, 18 and older, must total no more than 80% of the Area Median (AMI) income for Richmond. See Income Limits Chart Below:

Program Income Limits

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How to Get Started

  1. Contact project:HOMES at 804-718-0517 or
  2. Be prepared to provide a driver's license or State issued ID for all applicants at current address.
  3. Be able to provide documentation of income: most recent consecutive pay stubs covering at least 4 weeks of income or equivalent income statement for each person 18 years and older living the residence.
  4. Be prepared to provide most recent bank statement for all accounts (3 statements preferred) Birth Certificate of child(ren) living or staying at residence.
  5. Applications are available from our partner agency the Richmond City Health District website…

How it Works      

Richmond's Lead-based Paint Hazard Control Program is a federally funded grant program. Richmond has been awarded financial assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help eligible homeowners with no expectation that the funds will be paid back. Once you reach eligibility, the following will happen.

Risk Assessment

The City Of Richmond has contracted with project:HOMES, a local nonprofit organization to conduct site visits and develop a scope of work for the home. The staff from project:HOMES will conduct testing to find all possible lead-based paint hazards in the property. The results from the site visit will show certified lead-based paint removal contractors where the lead hazards are located throughout the property, and will allow a scope of work to be developed. This will allow the contractors to understand what work needs to be completed on the property.

Temporary Relocation

Once the risk assessment and scope of work is completed by project:HOMES staff and approved by HCD staff, then the residents of the property will need to be relocated for up to a 10-day period while rehabilitation takes place. Those individuals receiving the rehabilitation should have a family member or relative that they can live with for the rehabilitation period. Those who can't, which will be determined in the application process, may be eligible to receive financial assistance for temporary relocation.


A certified lead abatement contractor will be selected to fix all lead hazards in your home. The furnishings and belongings in the work area will be protected or relocated prior to the start of work. The work areas will be prepared to prevent the migration of dust and construction debris using plastic sheeting. Once the lead areas are treated, then a specialized cleaning is performed by the contractor.


Clearance of the work area is performed by a state certified lead paint inspector or risk assessor. Copies of lead testing, scope of work, Certificate of Clearance, and Contractor's Abatement Report should be retained by the property owner for the life of the property. Copies of the report are shared with the owner and tenant.



Contractors that are interested on working under the Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant need to contact Lead Hazard Control Program Manager Zack Miller with ProjectHOMES at 804-612-3352 or
project:HOMES webpage is 

City Of Richmond contacts:

For information or questions about the City's Lead-based Paint Hazard Control program please contact Housing & Community Development Administrator Daniel Mouer at 804-646-7025 or

To find a lead safe housing unit please click here.