Lead Hazards

Lead Paint

What is lead?

Lead is a highly toxic metal that was added to products to make them last longer, especially paint and varnish, for several years. Because it is so unsafe, lead was banned in 1978 from being used in paint.

Why is lead bad?

Lead can damage the brain and body, causing a range of health issues including behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures and death.

Dust from old chipping and peeling paint is the main cause of lead poisoning in kids in Winnebago County. The dust is dangerous because you can't see it. It can stick to hands and toys, finding a way into kids' mouths and harming their growing bodies and brains.

Learn more about the health effects of lead exposure and how to prevent childhood lead poisoning at: www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/default.htm

What is the Winnebago County Lead-Safe Homes Program?

Lead-Safe Homes Program FlyerThe Winnebago County Health Department's Lead-Safe Homes Program helps keeps kids safe from the dangers of lead poisoning by providing the safe removal of lead from qualified homes and rental properties.

Properties that meet the following criteria are eligible:

  • Children or pregnant women live in or regularly visit the home.
  • Child or pregnant woman are eligible for Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus.
  • The home or rental property was built before 1978.
  • The property is insured and taxes are up to date.

Why should I apply?

  • Homeowners: The program covers up to 100% of the costs to make your home lead-safe.
  • Landlords: The program covers between 85 - 100% of the costs to make your rental properties lead-safe. 
  • Renters: There is no cost to you. Encourage your landlord to apply today!

Costs are subject to approval.

What type of work does the program cover?

  • Siding
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Porches
  • Garages & Sheds
  • Fences
  • Gutter & Exteriors
  • Soil
  • Other identified lead hazard repairs

Lead-Safe Homes Program FlyerHow do I apply for the program?

Program Process:

  1. Application: Necessary paperwork completed before inspection is scheduled.
  2. Risk Assessment: Home inspected for lead hazards.
  3. Inspection Results: Findings discussed with owner. Program staff creates work plan.
  4. Contractor Walk-Thru: Team of contractors visit property to prepare estimates of work.
  5. Contract Signing: Owner comes in to sign necessary paperwork to begin work.
  6. Relocation Meeting (If Necessary): Staff meets with tenant to sign paperwork for temporary hotel and meal card if necessary.
  7. Start of Work: Contractors begin work to remove lead hazards.
  8. Clearance/Completion: Staff takes dust wipes inside to assure work meets lead-safe standards.


If you have questions about this program or need assistance completing an application, please call the Winnebago County Health Department at 920-232-3000 or email health@winnebagocountywi.gov.

Lead-Safe Homes Contractors:

If you provide lead risk assessments or lead abatement services, and would like to be part of the Winnebago County Lead-Safe Homes Program, please CLICK HERE for more information and to get started.

Additional Resources:

If you do not qualify for the Lead-Safe Homes Program, but you would like a lead hazard risk assessment, you can find a certified inspector or risk assessor on the United States Environmental Protection Agency's website or call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD. Ask your landlord to have your home or apartment tested if you rent. To find out if you have lead in your drinking water, contact your water company and ask about testing.