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Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities

Lead-Based Paint Regulations

Effective September 15, 2000 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development implemented sections 1012 and 1013 of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 (24 CFR Part 35). These sections include new rules for addressing lead-based paint hazards and for ensuring that housing receiving federal assistance does not pose a lead-based paint hazard to young children.

These rules require significant changes in the identification, treatment and documentation of lead hazards in HUD funded housing and related activities. The changes enacted affect the following activities: rehabilitation; tenant-based rental assistance; and acquisition, leasing, support services and operations.

The new regulations organize requirements by type of activity and base requirements on the amount of Federal funding involved in a project. The regulation identifies five requirements needed to properly address lead-based paint: notification, lead hazard evaluation, lead hazard reduction, ongoing maintenance, and response to children with environmental intervention blood lead level. For more information on specific program requirements, contact your TDHCA program representative.

Additional information regarding these new regulations can be found through HUD's Office of Health Homes and Lead Hazard Control at (202) 755-1822 extension 104. Regulations, notification pamphlets, training and other information can be accessed at http://www.hud.gov/offices/lead/index.cfm.

Information regarding availability of state-certified Lead Inspectors and Lead Risk Assessors and available training in Texas can be found through the Texas Department of State Health Services, Environmental Lead Program, in Austin, Texas at (512) 834-6773, or toll-free in Texas at (888) 778-9440. Their Web address is http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/elp.