DESCRIPTION OF THE STRATEGY
Housing agencies that provide funds for housing rehab can require that property owners be prepared to effectively deal with existing conditions as well as problems that emerge as they work. Rehabbers of older housing especially need to know how to work safely around lead-based paint and how to safely and thoroughly repair lead-based paint hazards. Rehabbers also need to be aware of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Pre-Renovation and Education Program (406b), which requires property owners to notify all occupants in pre-1978 housing units of any rehab work that will disturb more than two square feet of a painted surface.
Training do-it-yourself rehabbers will make it more likely that lead-safe work practices will be used. This will bring a category of properties under the lead-safe work practices umbrella that has been missed through other, more formal training of professional rehabilitation contractors.
Properties that would not otherwise have had the benefit of lead-safe work practices can now be rehabbed safely. This will reduce or eliminate the creation of lead hazards and encourage the repair of existing hazards, which will decrease children’s exposure.
When included as part of a larger housing or development program, this strategy can also help reduce urban blight, reduce other health hazards in older structures, and assist in comprehensive community development and/or revitalization.
Scope of Potential Impact
Regional (e.g. multi-county)
City - or - County - Wide
Specific (Targeted) Population
|Housing Agency||Property Owners|
This strategy will require staff time to conduct trainings. This could require up to 1.5 FTE if staff training is provided directly by the funding agency. The agency could also contract with outside trainers.
Other resource requirements:
Lead-safe work practices training materials will be necessary for this strategy.
Training instructors should be well versed in lead-safe work practices.
This strategy should be cost-effective in preventing health problems.
This strategy would require some short-duration outreach, but it can be implemented at any time. It is also important to implement this strategy in a sustainable way so as to not limit its effectiveness.
Very high in almost all jurisdictions.
Few, if any, barriers should exist for this strategy.