Lead Hazard Control Program

The Environmental Public Health division of Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is committed to making Harris County residences built before 1978 lead safe.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds the HCPH Lead Hazard Control Program whose objectives include:

  • Educating health care professionals and parents about the hazards of lead poisoning and the methods for reducing the sources of lead
  • Identifying and testing residences for lead-based paint hazards
  • Providing lead hazard reduction and relocation for residents (when necessary) 


If you have any questions, contact us.
Phone: 713-274-6374

Eligibility Requirements

  • Home must be built before 1978
  • A child under the age of 6 years old must live or visit the house
  • Household income of resident is at or below this income levels
Maximum Income Levels*
1 person 44,350
2 persons 50,700
3 persons 57,050
4 persons 63,350
5 persons 68,450
6 persons 73,500
7 persons 78,600
8 persons 83,650

*(Limits based on 51-80% of MFI)
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Development, June 1, 2021

Please note that Maximum Income Levels are updated by HUD each year in June.

What is Lead Hazard?
How do you get lead poisoning?

Lead enters your body each time you inhale leaded fumes or dust, or swallow something that contains lead.

If you are exposed to small amounts of lead over time or one large dose, your body may take in more lead than it can clean out.

Lead poisoning is a disease that occurs when too much lead builds up in the body.

How does lead harm the body?

Too much lead can harm both children and adults. Many times there are no symptoms until the health problems are very serious. Usually people who are lead poisoned do not seem to be sick.

Lead poisoning can cause permanent, irreversible learning, behavioral and health problems in young children. Lead can cause high blood pressure and kidney damage in adults, and in severe cases lead to death.

When young children are exposed to lead, they are at risk for:
  • Brain and nervous system damage
  • Slowed growth and development
  • Learning and behavior problem
  • Hearing and speech problems 
What are the symptoms of lead poisoning?
  • No desire to eat food
  • Damage to IQ
  • Damage to Brain and Nervous System
  • Damage to Kidneys
  • Headache
  • Lack of energy
  • Constipation
  • Stomach cramps

Who is at risk?
  • Children under six years of age spending time in homes built before 1978, with chipping or peeling paint, are at greatest risk. 

  • Adults who work with lead on the job are also at high risk. This can include painters, remodelers, or workers in smelters or battery plants.
  • People remodeling their homes may also be at risk, if the paint in the home has lead in it. Family members can also become lead poisoned while the lead-based paint is being removed from the home, if the work is not done properly. Lead was allowed in household paint until 1978. The older your home is, the more likely it is to contain lead-based paint. Paints containing up to 50 percent lead were used on the inside and outside of homes through the 1950s.
  • A pregnant or nursing woman's exposure to lead can harm her unborn baby or child.

Harris County Public Health is committed to ensuring Harris County children are safe. Learn more.

The 10-Step Process for Lead-Based Paint Abatement of Homes
  1. An individual applies for Lead Abatement and an outreach specialist will assist the family with the application and with understanding the process.
  2. The application is reviewed by Harris County Public Health to ensure the family meets program requirements: meets low income family limits, has a child under six years of age living or frequently visiting, and the home must have been built before 1978.
  3. Free risk assessment and inspection are conducted on the home (interior and exterior) to determine the exact location of any lead-based paint.
  4. An HCPH lead-certified inspector determines the scope of work based on the location of any lead-based paint.
  5. An HCPH lead-certified inspector determines if a Healthy Homes component also needs to be done and the extent of any needed repairs.
  6. The homeowner signs the approval documents for a certified-lead abatement contractor to do work on the home.
  7. If the amount of work is extensive, then HCPH seeks Commissioners Court approval.
  8. During construction, plans may be made for relocation, if necessary.
  9. After all approvals, a certified-lead abatement contractor will proceed with the lead-based paint abatement work and any needed healthy homes repairs.
  10. An HCPH lead-certified inspector will conduct clearance testing once the work is complete to ensure the home is lead safe.

Harris County Home Registry

When funding is available, Harris County Lead program provides grants to assist low-income homeowners with addressing unsafe lead paint conditions that pose a potential health hazard to young children. The program is designed to assist owners of single and multi-family dwellings and rental properties.

Some of the services we offer for those who qualify: 

  • Free lead inspections at your home 
  • Free remediation of lead hazards at your home or rental property

Lead Remediated Homes

The map of homes above reflects close to 20 years of dedication to making over 780 Harris County homes lead safe. All of these homes have been through a thorough process of testing, lead remediation, and transformation into a home that families can feel both safe and proud in!

Full Screen Lead Remediated Homes Map

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Check out the gallery below for homes we've finished

Homeowner Resources

Optional Relocation Program