Lead Abatement Assistance

Cincinnati Lead Education and Remediation Program (CLEAR)

The City of Cincinnati is committed to reducing childhood lead poisoning and has resources available to abate lead-based paint hazards in qualifying homes. You may be eligible to receive lead abatement assistance through our CLEAR program if:

  1.   You own and have resided for at least a year in a single or two-family home built before 1978.
  2. Children under the age of six live in or frequent your home.
  3. Your family meets income requirements. As of 2014, the income limit for a family of four is $54,800.
  4. Your home is in one of the following target neighborhoods: Avondale, Bond Hill, Carthage, Clifton, Corryville, CUF, Evanston, Madisonville, Millvale, Mt. Auburn, North Fairmount, Northside, Over-the-Rhine, Price Hill (All), South Cumminsville, South Fairmount, Walnut Hills, West End

If you would like to apply to the program or would like more information, please call People Working Cooperatively at 513-351-7921 and ask about the CLEAR program for residential lead abatement.

Other Lead Abatement Programs

If you do not reside within one of the listed neighborhoods or if you are an owner of rental property, you may still be eligible to receive assistance from the Cincinnati Health Department's Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. If you have orders issued on your property for lead abatement, would like to get your child tested for lead poisoning, or would like to borrow a HEPA vacuum cleaner, please contact the Cincinnati Health Department Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at 513-357-7420.

Community Development Projects & Lead

Lead rules apply to projects involving residential housing built before 1978 if they're going to receive assistance from the Community Development.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development regulations require a lead risk assessment, which includes surface testing of painted surfaces with an XRF (X-ray fluorescence) machine and dust and soil samples. After the property is rehabilitated and before occupancy of a dwelling unit, a lead dust clearance test is required.

A licensed lead abatement contractor or certified lead safe renovators must be used for all lead work. The work must also comply with the stipulations of the existing contract with the City of Cincinnati.

Video: Cincinnati's Lead Free Kids