ESNDC focuses on home safety issues important to renters on the East Side.

Lead poisoning is a serious home environmental health issue that is often found in low- and moderate-income communities – both rural and the inner-city. Lead-based paint was outlawed in 1978 and can be found in almost all old homes.

Lead-based paint was outlawed in 1978 and can be found in almost all old homes. The profile for homes where lead-based paint is very likely to be present is:

  1. Built before 1950
  2. A rental property
  3. Low market value

In other words, poorly maintained rental single-family homes and duplexes.  This does not mean, however, that old homesteaded homes do not have lead. They often do.

Most lead poisoning is a result of exposure to lead dust from old chipping paint.  Old wood windows – chipped sills and sashes scraping from opening and closing – are the most common specific source of lead poisoning, but lead can be found in antiques, ceramics, make-up, painted toys, and even in some imported foods and spices.

For a list of homes ESNDC has provided new windows for, view our map of completed projects:    

The most important thing anyone can do is to get tested.  Simply ask to be tested at your next health care visit. Priorities for testing are pregnant women and children 9 months to 6 years of age.