Lead-based paint program

Keep your home healthy and lead-free. Get funding assistance to test for and repair lead-based paint hazards.

You may be eligible for: 

  • A free risk assessment ($550 value)
  • Up to $8,000 in lead reduction costs, such as new windows

Call 612-348-9260 to schedule an appointment and find out if your home may have hazards. During the appointment, you will receive education on healthy homes hazards and grant eligibility screening.

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Information about funding assistance

Minnesota Lead-Safe Housing Partnership funding

Funding amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis.

  • Owner-occupied units: matching funds may not be required. You may receive up to $8,000 for reduction costs. 
  • Rental properties containing one–four units: Property owners may receive 50 percent of lead hazard reduction costs, up to $8,000 per unit.

Healthy Homes funding

Grants and deferred loans are available to repair health related home hazards including radon, moisture/mold and pests. 

If you are a homeowner living with a child who has asthma, you may be eligible for an assessment for asthma triggers and assistance to reduce triggers found in the home.

Call Melisa Illies at 612-348-2020 for more information.

Apply for funding


If it has been determined that there are hazards in your home, follow the instructions below to apply for funding. 

  1. Complete the Minnesota Lead-Safe Housing Partnership application.
  2. Complete the occupant consent form.
  3. If children under six regularly visit your residence, complete the visiting children form.

Renters/property owners:


Effects of lead exposure

Last year, nearly 400 children in Hennepin County had blood lead levels high enough to damage their health.  

When young children are exposed to lead, they are at risk for developing brain and nervous system damage, slowed growth and development, learning and behavior problems and hearing and speech problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Homes built before 1978 (when lead-based paints were banned) likely contain lead-based paint. 

Fortunately, lead poisoning is 100 percent preventable. Hennepin County has fixed lead-based paint hazards in more than 4,200 homes. View and search through the Hennepin County’s lead-safe housing registry hosted by HousingLink.

View these resources for more information:

Lead-safe housing registry

The Hennepin County lead-safe housing registry is hosted by HousingLink. It is a searchable affordable housing list with the option to search for units made lead-safe through the Hennepin County Lead Hazard Control Grant programs.

Keeping a healthy home

Test your home for radon gas.

In Minnesota, two out of five homes have high radon levels. This a problem, considering high radon levels can cause lung cancer, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Radon gas can seep into your home from a number of places, like cracks in the foundation and basement.  

You can't see, smell or taste radon. The only way to know if your home has elevated radon levels is to test your home using a radon kit. Purchase a radon kit to in a hardware store, discount store or online.


Keep the humidity in your home to less than 50 percent.

Mold is usually found in areas of high humidity, like bathrooms. It can grow on walls, clothes, appliances or hidden places, like behind walls.

Tips for reducing mold/moisture:

  • Use a dehumidifier.
  • Install and use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Fix leaks right away.
  • Keep gutters and downspouts clear of leaves and clogs.

Control pests.

Rodents may trigger asthma attacks, and can chew on electrical wires and cause fires. Bites of rodents, fleas and ticks and certain spiders can make your family ill.

Tips for controlling pests:

  • Clean up after cooking and eating, and store food in tightly-sealed containers.
  • Seal cracks around exterior doors, windows, pipes, etc.
  • Do not let trash collect inside and keep outdoor trash covered with a lid.
  • Use closed baits, traps or gels as a first line of defense against pets.

These tips are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Find more information about home health hazards at hud.gov/healthyhomes. Also download the Healthy Homes Basics app via the Apple iTunes or Google Play.

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