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For more than 40 years, RIHousing has been dedicated to ensuring that all people who live and work in Rhode Island can afford a safe, healthy home that meets their needs, and can afford to keep it. One important part of that is making certain that families are safe from the hazards of lead.
Our LeadSafe Homes program helps Rhode Islanders lessen the dangers associated with lead in their homes through education, forgivable loans and support services. There is no cost for our services.We offer:
- Forgivable loans to help you make your home or property lead safe and increase its value
- Personalized, free assistance every step of the way
- Lead-safe Certificates for owner-occupied homes and rental properties
If your home was built before 1978 and a child younger than six years old lives or regularly stays at your home, you may be eligible for RIHousing’s LeadSafe Homes Program. All borrowers must have clear title to the property and property taxes must be current.
Single-family and Multi-family homeowners
For more information on how we can help make your home LeadSafe, visit the LeadSafe Homes page on our homeownership microsite.
To find out if your household income meets federal or state eligibility guidelines, call 401-450-1350.
RIHousing offers forgivable loans to help you reduce the hazards of lead. For more information on these loans, visit the LeadSafe Homes page on our homeownership microsite.
The Dangers of Lead
Childhood lead poisoning is one of the most common pediatric health problems, yet it is entirely preventable. Lead exposure can cause irreversible damage including loss of intelligence, learning disabilities and behavioral problems including aggression. The most acute poisoning can result in severe illness and death*. In adults, lead poisoning has been linked to migraines, chronic fatigue, heart disease and sexual dysfunction.
The most common sources of lead poisoning are lead-contaminated dust, peeling and chipping lead paint, contaminated soil and at-risk jobs that involve lead exposure, such as construction. Lead is found in most homes constructed prior to 1978. Eighty percent of Rhode Island homes fall into this high-risk category and likely contain lead paint.
* 2005 Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook.
For more information about LeadSafe Homes, contact us at 401-450-1350.