The St. Louis County Office of Community Development (OCD) administers a Lead Hazard Control Program to control or abate deteriorating lead-based paint in residential properties. The Lead Program provides 5 year forgivable loans with 0% interest and no monthly payments to low- and moderate-income property owners for the total cost of improvements. Participants can be referred by the St. Louis County Health Department or apply directly by calling 314-615-4428. The program is limited to homes constructed prior to 1978 and first preference is given to homes with children under the age of 6.
The Lead Hazard Control Program is funded by grants received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through competitive grant applications. St. Louis County has received seven grants from HUD since 1995 and has provided lead hazard control repairs to over 1,700 homes.
In 2018 OCD was awarded a $2.6 million grant. Under this grant, the County will perform interim control and abatement work on 200 homes and provide education on the hazards of lead-based paint to 10,000 County residents. The control/abatement work can vary from painting to replacement. Normally, if lead paint is found on window sashes or exterior doors these windows and doors are replaced with new Energy Star rated units. The windows are double-pane vinyl replacement units that tilt in for cleaning. The doors are pre-hung steel insulated units. The program may also enclose fascia, gutter boards and soffits with aluminum, or scrape and paint surfaces. In some instances, new vinyl siding may be installed to enclose an existing lead painted surface.
In order to qualify the homeowner must:
- Meet income eligibility requirements of 80% of area median income as defined by
HUD (ex. 2 people - $52,050, 4 people - $65,050). For rental property, the tenant would have to be income eligible at 50% of area median income (ex. 2 people – $32,550, 4 people – $40,650)
- Live in a house built before 1978.
- Be current with their real estate taxes.
- Have a child under 6 years of age that either resides there or visits the house on a
Regular and frequent basis, or an expectant mother.
If you would like to apply for the program, click on APPLICATION and type in your information. Then click on E-MAIL. If you have additional questions or want to apply over the phone, call Bradley Waller at 314-615-4428.