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Lead Hazard Mitigation Program

Mission

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.
  • There is a Rhode Island personal income tax credit of up to $5,000 per dwelling unit for money spent to correct lead hazards. For the Residential Lead Abatement Income Tax Credit Form RI6238, go to https://tax.ri.gov/forms/other-forms and select “Tax Credits.”
  • 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.

Documentation for property owners and renters

Lead Hazard Mitigation Program’s Affidavit of Completion of Visual Inspection application - Per Rhode Island Gen. Laws § 42-128.1-4(7)(ii) and the lead hazard mitigation standards established by § 42-128.1-4(6), a Certificate of Lead Conformance (CLC) is valid for two years or until the next turnover of the dwelling unit, whichever period is shorter. If the tenancy is two years or more, the Owner or Designated Person may conduct a visual inspection to determine that lead hazard mitigation compliance was maintained.

Within 30 days of the visual inspection, the Affidavit of Completion of Visual Inspection application (Affidavit) must be completed and notarized. The notarized Affidavit is valid for two years or until unit turnover, whichever period is shorter. The Owner must keep the CLC and any Affidavits for a minimum of five years.

The Affidavit can be downloaded in English and Spanish. To apply, please send the Affidavit with copies (not the original) of the following required documents:

  • Evidence of lead hazard awareness education,
  • Certificate of Lead Conformance, and
  • Any previous Affidavits of Completion of Visual Inspection.

Please email the application and documentation to doh.leadprogram@health.ri.gov or mail to Rhode Island  Department of Health; Lead Hazard Mitigation Program; 3 Capitol Hill, Room 206; Providence, RI 02908

Program Publications

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