Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program

Lead program health fairMargaret Dugger, MCCD and Representative Dan Beiser
participating in a health fair in Alton, IL.

Lead-Hazard Control- Before
     Lead-Hazard- After Construction
Lead-Hazard Control- Before Construction                            Lead-Hazard- After Construction        

The Madison County Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program provides services which assist lower-income households in identifying, removing, or stabilizing lead-based paint hazards at no cost to the client.  Landlords are asked to contribute 10% of the lead hazard control cost.  This HUD funded program is a three-year initiative with the goal of providing lead-based hazard control activities to more than 140 households throughout Madison County. 

Madison County Community Development contracts with licensed, State of Illinois approved Risk Assessment firms and Lead Contractors to alleviate identified hazardous situations.  The State of Illinois has identified seven (7) areas within Madison County as high risk areas for potential lead-based paint hazards -- Alton, Madison, Venice, Wood River, Roxana, Hartford and Livingston.

The overall goal of the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control program is to provide lead-safe housing to the residents of Madison County, especially those households with children under the age of 6.  The program also stresses the importance of general lead-based paint hazard awareness and personal knowledge of proper housing renovation safety standards and appropriate home cleaning techniques.  The program also alerts all parents to the negative health effects of lead-based paint and other lead hazards, including interventions that parents can take to decrease and/or eliminate the risks of lead poisoning.

The Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control program is conducted in partnership with the Madison County Health Department and the State of Illinois Department of Public Health.  The Madison County Health Department conducts blood-lead assessments, screenings and tests (capillary only) for a nominal fee, and provides case management of children with elevated blood-lead levels.  The Lead Program staff is available for public presentations to any interested group or organization.

All applicants to the Lead Program must meet income eligibility guidelines.  All properties receiving lead hazard control activities must be current on all Madison County property taxes, provide proof of ownership, have homeowners insurance.  Rental clients must obtain landlord/building owner work authorization, and landlords must sign an agreement to rent to families with children age five and younger.  Households with children that have been identified with an elevated blood-lead level will receive first consideration for inclusion in the Madison County Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program.

Lead Program Income Guidelines

(80% of Median Income)

Number in
Income Limit 
1 $ 39,400
2 $ 45,000
3 $ 50,650
4 $ 56,250
5 $ 60,750
6 $ 65,250
7 $ 69,500
8 $ 74,250

Interested applicants may contact the Madison County Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program (618) 296-4383 regarding application procedures.  Additional information is available by contacting the toll-free Lead Hotline at (877) 236-7742.