Lead Hazard Mitigation Program


To prevent lead hazards and lead poisoning by ensuring that Rhode Island rental properties are lead-safe.

What we do

  • Coordinate lead hazard mitigation with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funded programs to make units with children under the age of six and pregnant women lead-safe.
  • Provide technical assistance, planning, and education for lead hazard reduction throughout Rhode Island.
  • Focus our work on lead-based paint hazard reduction and improving the Rhode Island housing stock.
  • Educate the public about various lead hazard reduction programs that are available throughout Rhode Island.
  • Increase the number of rental properties with a Certificate of Lead Conformance.
  • Decrease the rates of lead poisoning in Rhode Island.

Resources for property owners and renters

  • RIHousing LeadSafe Homes Program – The LeadSafe Homes Program provides assistance to remediate lead-paint based hazards inside and outside of the home. In most instances, this assistance is free, and is available to both single and multi-family properties statewide. More information on the program can be found at leadsafehomesri.com [leadsafehomesri.com], and applicants can apply online [portal.neighborlysoftware.com] for assistance. Both property owners and renters are encouraged to reach out to RIHousing staff to learn more at leadinfo@rihousing.com.
  • City of Providence - Lead Safe Providence Program provides loans to help make properties “lead-safe”. Loans for owner-occupied homes are forgivable after 5 years; loans for non-owner-occupied properties are forgivable after 10 years.
  • City of Woonsocket - Lead Hazard Reduction Program is aimed at reducing the risks associated with lead paint in homes and residential units. Households must meet the following criteria to be eligible: properties must be built prior to 1978, residents must meet income requirements, children under 6 must reside at or frequently visit the home, property must be current on taxes and water/sewer bill. Loans awarded by this program are 100% forgivable after 5 years.
  • Contact your city/town for more information on local home repair programs.

Program Publications