Lead Hazard Control Program

The Environmental Public Health division of Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is committed to eliminating lead-based paint hazards in Harris County residences built before 1978. 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds the HCPH Lead Hazard Control Program whose objectives include:

  • Educating health care professionals and parents about the hazards of lead poisoning and the methods for reducing the sources of lead
  • Identifying and testing residences with lead-based paint hazards
  • Providing lead hazard reduction and relocation for residents (when necessary) 


If you have any questions, contact us.
Phone: 713-274-6374
Fax:      832-927-0290

Eligibility Requirements

  • Home must be built before 1978
  • A child under the age of 6 years old must live or visit the house
  • Household income of resident is at or below this income levels
Maximum income levels
1 person 44,350
2 persons 50,700
3 persons 57,050
4 persons 63,350
5 persons 68,450
6 persons 73,500
7 persons 78,600
8 persons 83,650  

(Limits based on 51-80% of MFI) Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Development, June 1, 2021

What is Lead Hazard?

How do you get lead poisoning?

Lead enters your body each time you inhale leaded fumes or dust, or swallow something that contains lead.

If you are exposed to small amounts of lead over time or one large dose, your body may take in more lead than it can clean out.

Lead poisoning is a disease that occurs when too much lead builds up in the body.

How does lead harm the body?

Too much lead can harm both children and adults. Many times there are no symptoms until the health problems are very serious. Usually people who are lead poisoned do not seem to be sick.

Lead poisoning can cause learning, behavior and health problems in young children. Lead can cause high blood pressure and kidney damage in adults.

When young children are exposed to lead, they are at risk for:

  • Brain and nervous system damage
  • Slowed growth and development
  • Learning and behavior problem
  • Hearing and speech problems 

What are the symptoms of lead poisoning?

  • No desire to eat food
  • Damage to IQ
  • Damage to Brain and Nervous System
  • Damage to Kidneys
  • Headache
  • Lack of energy
  • Constipation
  • Stomach cramps

Who is at risk?

  • Children under six years of age spending time in homes built before 1978, with chipping or peeling paint, are at greatest risk. 

  • Adults who work with lead on the job are also at high risk. This can include painters, remodelers, or workers in smelters or battery plants.
  • People remodeling their homes may also be at risk, if the paint in the home has lead in it. Family members can also become lead poisoned while the lead-based paint is being removed from the home, if the work is not done properly. Lead was allowed in household paint until 1978. The older your home is, the more likely it is to contain lead-based paint. Paints containing up to 50 percent lead were used on the inside and outside of homes through the 1950s.
  • A pregnant or nursing woman's exposure to lead can harm her unborn baby or child.
What You Can Do?

Get Your Child Tested for Lead

A yearly blood lead test is advised for children up to six years of age who:

  • live, play, or spend time in older housing (built before 1978) with chipping or peeling paint;
  • live, play, or spend time in older housing (built before 1978) with recent or ongoing remodeling;
  • have brothers, sisters, housemates or playmates with moderate or high blood lead levels;
  • Live with an adult who works in a job or has a hobby where lead is used.

To have your child tested you can:

  • Make an appointment with your child’s pediatrician or health care provider.  Call the toll-free number on the back of your child’s health insurance card.
  • Make an appointment with Harris County WIC Clinic’s located in Antoine or Pasadena.

Harris County WIC Clinic (Antoine Location)
5815 Antoine Dr. Houston TX, 77091 


Harris County WIC Clinic (Pasadena Location)
152 Fairmont Pkwy, Pasadena, TX 77504


Harris County Home Registry

When funding is available, Harris County Lead program provides grants to assist low-income homeowners with addressing unsafe lead paint conditions that pose a potential health hazard to young children. The program is designed to assist owners of single and multi-family dwellings and rental properties.

Some of the services we offer for those who qualify: 

  • Free lead inspections at your home 
  • Free remediation of lead hazards at your home or rental property

Below is a map of homes in Harris County that have been made lead safe.

Lead Remediated Homes 2002-2018

Full Screen Lead Remediated Homes Map
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