ESNDC believes lead poisoning from lead-based paint should not harm a child at home.

Yet six of 40 Minnesota Census tracts designated as lead hot-spots are located within the East Side neighborhood.

ESNDC offers FREE in-home lead assessments, FREE blood lead testing for children and pregnant women, FREE SWAB- encapsulation and stabilization of lead-based paint hazards in the interior of the home by a Certified Lead Contractor (up to $1575. worth of work-FREE), FREE presentations on Lead-based paint hazards, and assistance applying for the Window Replacement Program.  

In keeping with our mission of working for healthy families, thriving businesses, and affordable homes on Saint Paul’s East Side, ESNDC established LeadSafe Minnesota, a program that focuses on healthy and safe housing for families in Ramsey County and throughout greater Minnesota.

With over 15 years of partnership with Ramsey County Environmental Health, we have replaced windows in over 900 homes through our LeadSafe Minnesota program.

This program has a dual strategy of accessing public resources to replace lead windows in low-income communities, and to create the policy environment that will support such resources being available.

LeadSafe Minnesota keeps the older, affordable housing stock safe and accessible to low-income residents. Through intervention and prevention, ESNDC’s LeadSafe program is striving to solve the lead poisoning problem. No amount of lead is safe for children. 

Go to Minnesota Department of Health to learn more about lead poisoning and steps to make your house a healthy home.