Lead has been used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint. These homes come in different shapes, sizes, and locations. Lead can be found in the city, country, or suburbs; in apartments and single-family homes; and in both private and public housing. Lead-based paint was commonly used on the interiors as well as the exteriors of houses and apartments. Read more to protect yourself and your family from lead in the home.
For more information about lead licensure, including to search for a licensed professional, see our Lead Licensure page.
For more information about healthy homes, see our Healthy Homes page.
Please click here for a list of properties in Ohio whose owners have refused to comply with an order from the Ohio Department of Health or its delegated local board of health to correct known lead hazards.
As a result of their non-compliance, property owners have been issued an order to vacate these properties because they contain known lead hazards and have been declared unsafe for human occupation, especially for children younger than six years old and pregnant women. This means that no person should be living in these properties until the identified lead hazards have been corrected, the properties pass a clearance examination, and the lead hazard control order has been lifted by the Ohio Department of Health or its delegated local board of health.
If you have any questions, please contact the Ohio Department of Health or its delegated local board of health. Contact information is provided with each property listed via the above link. This list of properties with known lead hazards is updated daily.
Lead-Safe Housing Units
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) received funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide lead hazard control repairs in housing. This program was executed in 34 counties (Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Huron, Jefferson, Knox, Lawrence, Muskingum, Noble, Ottawa, Portage, Putnam, Richland, Ross, Sandusky, Scioto, Seneca, Stark, Tuscarawas, Washington, Wayne, and Wood). For a list of housing made safe through this program (as of 11/21/2017), click here.
The ODH lead program has funding to remove lead paint hazards from homes built before 1978. This program is statewide and available in every county in Ohio. The goal is to help protect families with Medicaid eligible children and/or Medicaid eligible pregnant women against the dangers of lead paint hazards.
- ODH and the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) have been provided with State Children’s Health Insurance (SCHIP) funding for lead paint hazard testing and removal.
- 9 million dollars have been provided for this program. Services are available as long as funding is available.
How to Enroll
If you answer “yes” to the questions below, you may qualify for the lead paint testing and hazard removal.
- Was your home built before 1978?
- Is your child Medicaid eligible and under 19 years of age? OR Are you pregnant and Medicaid eligible?
For more information, contact the Ohio Department of Health at 1-887-532-3723 or email Pam Blais at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following are resources that you can use to help prevent exposure to lead in the home, whether you own or rent.
- ODH: Cleaning to Control Lead Dust in Your Home
- US EPA: Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home (External Link)
- US EPA: Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for families, child care providers, and schools (External Link)
- US EPA: Consumer Tool for Identifying Point of Use Drinking Water Filters Certified to Reduce Lead
For Property Owners
The following are resources that you can use to help you maintain a lead-safe home, whether you live in your home or you lease it to others. If you are looking for a licensed lead professional, please see our Lead Licensure page for more information.