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Reduce Lead Based Paint Hazards from your Home Program

Reduce Lead Based Paint Hazards from your Home Program

Posted on June 24, 2021

The Community Action Agency of Delaware (CAADC) is offering a program designed to reduce lead based paint hazards from the homes of moderate income families with children under the age of six (6).


What Services Are Available?

CAADC will first meet with you to explain the program in detail and to discuss the hazard of lead-based paint in your home.  Next, a lead audit is performed by a licensed firm.  A report is prepared showing where lead-paint exists in your home.  CAADC then prepares a Scope of Work detailing the steps that will be taken to remove or reduce the lead to acceptable levels.  This may include replacing doors and windows, installing new drywall, replacing trim and moldings, etc.  When the renovations are complete, another lead audit is performed to be sure that all lead has been removed or reduced to acceptable levels.  Renovations for eligible households average $8,000.00.

Who Qualifies?

In order to qualify, you must:        

  1. Have a child under the age of six living in home or spending at least sixty hours a year at the home at the time of application.
  2. Meet the income guidelines.
Household Size         Maximum Income
One Person          52,950
Two Persons          60,500
Three Persons          68,050
Four Persons          75,600
Five Persons          81,650
Six Persons                           87,700
Seven Persons          93,750
Eight Persons          99,800

Call Community Action Agency at 610.833.4442 for an application and more information.

Lead Poisoning FAQs

What is Lead Poisoning?

When a person has too much lead in the body, lead poisoning occurs.  It is caused by exposure to lead that is either

eaten or breathed in the form of dust. Lead harms several organs, including the nervous system and kidneys. Young

children are at the greatest risk of getting lead poisoning.

What are common items that contain lead?

Paint manufactured before 1978 and the dust created when it deteriorates, chips, or is manually removed is the largest source of lead in the home. This paint was used for many purposes, including painting the interior and exterior of houses, playground equipment, farm machinery, and toys. 

How can I tell if my child has lead poisoning?

The only way to diagnose lead poisoning is by having a blood test. 

What are the symptoms of lead poisoning?

Since symptoms mimic the flu, lead poisoning is hard to detect. Children with elevated lead levels may suffer from learning disabilities, behavioral problems, stunted growth and hearing impairment.  Convulsions, coma and death can occur at extremely high levels.