Lead-based paint was used in many homes built prior to 1978. When lead-based paint is disturbed through remodeling; daily wear and tear on doors, windows and other painted surfaces; or deteriorated by age, it creates dust. This dust can poison children--even a small amount of dust can be enough to do harm.
Through the Portland Lead Hazard Control Program, qualified households can receive grants to cover the cost of remediating lead-based paint hazards. The grant provides eligible homeowners and property owners with an opportunity to improve home health and safety and increase property value.
Eligible program participants receive the following services:
- Free evaluation of the home to identify lead-based paint hazards
- Report describing options for reducing and controlling identified lead-based paint hazards
- Grant for lead-based paint hazard reduction performed by State of Oregon certified contractor
General eligibility requirements:
- Home/housing built before 1978 located in Portland.
- Homeowners and renters must meet income guidelines.
Owner-Occupied: Total annual household income at or below 80% AMI.
Rental: Total annual renter household income at or below 80% AMI. Additional income guidelines apply for multi-family units.
- Requirement for a child age 5 or younger.
Owner-Occupied: A child age 5 or younger must reside in the home or visit the home at least 60 hours a year, or/and a pregnant woman resides in the home.
Rental: A child age 5 or younger is not required to occupy the rental unit at time of assistance, but property owner must market the unit to and give priority in renting the unit to renters with children age 5 or younger for three-years following project completion.
- Affordability agreement for rental properties only.
Rental: Property owner must agree to give rental preference to income qualified renters with children for three-years following project completion.
How to Apply for the Lead Grant
To request a Lead Grant application, contact:
Return application to:
Portland Housing Bureau
Attn: Bev Keagbine
421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204
Other Lead Hazard Prevention Resources
Portland Water Bureau, Reducing Lead Exposure
Portland Parks & Recreation, Lead Paint Control Program for Playground Equipment
HUD, Simple Steps to Protect your Family from Lead Hazards (brochure)
HUD, Renovate Right
The Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right (brochure)
EPA Lead Information, epa.gov/lead