Lead and Lead-Based Paint Hazards

Lead Paint

Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children 6 years old and under are most at risk, because their bodies are growing quickly.

Research suggests that the primary sources of lead exposure for most children are:
  • deteriorating lead-based paint
  • lead contaminated dust
  • lead contaminated residential soil



Lead Testing and Inspection

Environmental Health (EH) staff will provide environmental lead assessment, paint sampling, and inspection of homes that have a child with an elevated blood lead level over 5ug/dL.  A Public Health Nurse will provide lead poisoning education and case management.  In addition, EH staff will provide consultation to residents and business owners to help reduce lead contamination in homes and buildings.



Lead Safe Homes Program and Healthy Homes Grant

The Lead Safe Homes Program (LSHP) program provides lead inspections and risk assessments to identify lead hazards. If lead hazards are identified, the Lead Safe Homes Program grant provides renovation to control or eliminate the lead hazards. 

This program is available to homeowners, tentants and landlords in Winnebago County. Homeowners and tenants that are enrolled In Medicaid or BadgerCare PlusFamilies, are pregnant, or have children under the age of 19 may qualify for the program.

The LSHP program benefits:

  • Children:The program makes homes lead-safe so high-risk kids can grow up without being exposed to lead in their home. A child or a pregnant woman who lives in or regularly visits* must be eligible for health insurance through Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus.
  • Property Owners: The program helps pay for needed fixes to make owner-occupied and rental properties lead-safe.
  • Communities: The program helps improve the housing stock in older neighborhoods.
  • Contractors: The program provides job opportunities in lower-income neighborhoods, and helps contractors get trained and certified to bid on Lead-Safe Home Program projects.


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