The Chicago Department of Public Health has limited grant funding to assist low-income homeowners and landlords of affordable housing with eliminating lead hazards in their buildings. These programs offer between 50% and 100% of the funding needed to make the property lead safe. Assistance is offered as grants, loans, or forgivable loans. Eligibility varies based on the program, and can only be determined upon application. In general all properties must:
Single Family Homes/Properties with less than four units can qualify for up to 100% of the abatement costs, depending on their income level and the number of units, if:
Multi-family homes with four or more units can qualify for up to 75% of the abatement costs if:
All owners will be required to agree to keep rents affordable and offer priority to renting to families with young children for three years afterwards. In some cases, if the property is sold within three years, the grants or loans may be subject to re-capture. Owners must also agree to maintain their properties in a lead-safe fashion to ensure hazards do not re-occur. Owners or their representatives will be required to attend a two-hour class on lead safety at CDPH.
For any additional questions or information, call (312) 746-6520
Priority will be given to buildings located in CDPH’s targeted high-risk communities on the South and West sides of the city. These areas face disproportionately high rates of lead poisoning and are therefore priorities for receiving financial assistance in accordance with our grant agreements. Additionally, properties with currently lead poisoned children may receive priority over buildings without poisoned children. CDPH may limit participation from non-priority properties.
To download an application for properties with less than four units.
For properties with four more units, please contact CDPH at (312) 746-6520 for more information, or learn more about one of our sponsored programs by downloading the Chicago Lead Safe Windows brochure.