Creating a Lead-Safe Environment in
Augusta- Richmond County
IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE:
This is a notice to assure you we have not stopped working towards our program goal of making the Augusta-Richmond County community lead safe, despite the current pandemic. The health and safety of Augusta’s children, family, staff, and administrators are of the utmost importance. Due to this, safety guidance has been put in place to address every possible scenario when performing lead hazard
What is the Georgia Lead Hazard Reduction Program?
The Georgia Lead Hazard Reduction Program (GLHRP) is an initiative designed to assist qualified homeowners, landlords, and renters improve the safety of their property by testing for, identifying, remediating, and controlling lead in paint. This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is subject to the agency’s rules and regulations.
Why is lead-based paint in your home a hazard?
Lead is a highly toxic, poisonous metal that was most commonly used in building construction and household paints, prior to 1978. It has the potential to affect virtually every system of the
body. Groups most at risk for lead exposure are fetuses, infants, and children under age 6. At low-levels, lead’s neurotoxic effects have the greatest impact on children’s developing brains and
nervous systems, causing reductions in IQ and attention span, reading and learning disabilities, hyperactivity, and behavioral problems (Davis, 1993). Children become lead poisoned primarily through ingestion of lead-containing dust by normal hand-to-mouth and toy-to-mouth activity.
The quickest way to be absolutely sure a child is not endanger of lead poisoning is to have them tested.
Who is eligible to participate in the program?
Participants of the GLHRP will be owner-occupants or tenants in the following zip codes:
Applicants must have an annual household income, presented in the eligibility table below. Also, applicants must have children or grandchildren under the age of six who live in or spend a significant amount of time in the home. Pregnant women can also participate in this program
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What are some of the things that will be done to my home?
After approval of your application, eligible work will be determined based on a very thorough lead-based paint inspection of your home. Some common paint hazard reduction repairs include:
Interim control measures:
- paint stabilization
- treatment of friction surfaces
- repairing of reconstruction of rotted or defective surfaces
- dust control or removal
Hazard abatement measures:
- window and door replacement
- vinyl siding for exterior surfaces
- replacement or reconstruction of interior components.
What will it cost me?
NOTHING AT ALL! You pay absolutely nothing at all. All testing, inspections, and remediation costs, including potential relocation costs, will be covered by the GLHRP, using funds awarded from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Want more information about lead?
Lead Hazard Reduction Program Manager
Christina Newby, MPH