Lead Hazard Control Program
The Lead Hazard Control Program (LHCP) creates lead-safe home environments for low-income families with children under age six. This program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and provides funding to four high-risk cities and two high-risk counties in Pennsylvania.
The cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, Johnstown and Lancaster and the counties of Berks and Fayette conduct inspections in target homes. Once they determine program eligibility, they hire certified contractors to eliminate lead hazards in the homes of families with young children. These activities are conducted in order to prevent childhood lead poisoning and to prevent further poisoning in children with elevated blood lead levels. The cities of Johnstown, Lancaster and Bethlehem also utilize "Healthy Homes" funds to eliminate other health and safety hazards in these homes. If the home inspection shows hazards other than lead, such as mold, fall hazards or high radon levels, the program can intervene to eliminate those hazards as well.
Funds are used to inspect and treat paint hazards in housing that is not federally owned, federally assisted or publicly owned. Inspections and lead hazard control work must be carried out by Pennsylvania certified lead inspectors/risk assessors and contractors.
Contact information for participating cities and counties is available here.