Funding assistance for lead paint hazards

Homeowners and landlords may be eligible for help to detect and remove lead paint including.

  • A free home test
  • Up to $10,000 for work, including new windows

Fill out the intake form to see if you qualify.

Free interpreter services on request

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Program summary

What to expect throughout the process

Free in-home screening

We check your home for health and safety hazards. We also tell you how to prevent home health hazards. If appropriate, you will also get free safety supplies.

Receiving a grant

You complete a grant application. We’ll verify your income and other grant requirements.

Full home inspection

We do a second inspection to identify all the home’s lead hazards.

Inspection results

We meet with you at your home. We discuss the results, the work needed and what the grant can cover.

Lead-safe class

You take a three-hour class. You learn how to paint and do small projects in a lead-safe manner.

Work done by you

You may need to do work the grant doesn’t cover, like paint window trim or home exterior.

Work paid by the grant

A contractor will estimate the cost of all needed repairs. We’ll cover repairs up to $10,000. If the cost goes above that, you may need to cover the rest.

Repair work

The contractor will schedule the work. No one can live at the home during repairs. The grant covers lodging expenses up to $175 per day or $875 per week.

Landlords

You must cover 25% of the cost of repairs. Financing is available.

Impacts of lead poisoning

In 2018, more than 200 children tested for lead in Hennepin County had blood lead levels high enough to damage their health.

In young children lead exposure can cause:

  • Brain and nervous system damage
  • Slowed growth and development
  • Learning and behavior problems
  • Hearing and speech problems

The government banned lead paint in 1978. Homes built before then likely have lead paint.

Lead poisoning prevention

Minnesota Department of Health lead paint hazard information

Funding for other home health hazards

Asthma triggers

If you have a child with asthma, you may be eligible for a home visit to identify possible health and safety hazards. You may also get free supplies to help reduce asthma triggers like dust mites, pests, and mold. For more information contact Melisa Illies at melisa.illies@hennepin.us or 612-348-2020.

Home repair program

If you live in suburban Hennepin County, you may be eligible for our home repair program. You can get help repairing health and safety hazards like radon and mold.

Go to the home repair program page.

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