Houston Health Department

Bureau of Community and Children's Environmental Health

Mission Statement

  • to develop a cross referral/follow up system dedicated to tracking community and children’s environmental health,
  • to incorporate the expertise of community advocates through social justice and legislative change to focus on the success of the community and children’s health,
  • to educate families,
  • to make homes environmentally safe,
  • to reduce the environmental hazards that impact health of children and community.

Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Program:

The Houston 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. This HUD funded program is a three-year initiative with the goal of providing lead-based hazard control activities to more than 198 households throughout City of Houston.

The City of Houston has identified sixteen (16) areas within City of Houston as high risk areas for potential lead-based paint hazards.

The overall goal of the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control program is to provide lead-safe housing to the residents of City of Houston, 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 Childhood Lead Poisoning and Prevention Program. CLPPP provides case coordination, education and surveillance 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 property taxes, provide proof of ownership. Rental clients must obtain rental agreement, fair housing standards and landlords must sign an agreement to rent to families with children under six years of age.

Lead Program Income Guidelines

(80% of Median Income)
Number in Household Maximum Income Limit
1 $ 38,750
2 $ 44,300
3 $ 49,850
4 $ 55,350
5 $ 59,800
6 $ 64,250
7 $ 68,650
8 $ 73,100

Interested applicants may contact the Houston Health Department Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program (832)-393-5141 regarding application procedures.

Contact information
Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Program
8000 N. Stadium Drive, 2nd Floor
Houston, Texas -77054
Phone: 832-393-5141
Fax: 832-393-5211

Childhood Lead Poisoning and Prevention Program (CLPPP):

The purpose of the CLPPP is to reduce the prevalence of childhood lead poisoning in the city of Houston, to educate health care professionals and the public about the hazards of childhood lead poisoning and identify and provide follow-up care to children with childhood lead poisoning.

CLPPP provides education to health care professionals and parents about the screening guidelines and hazards of lead poisoning, provides care coordination to children with blood lead levels, and educates citizens and contractors about lead poisoning and how lead hazards can be remediated from residential neighborhoods.

The Program’s activities are directed towards:

  • Developing and enhancing a surveillance system that monitors blood lead levels,
  • Assuring that children exposed to lead are screened and provided with follow-up care,
  • Assuring awareness and action among the general public and affected professionals in relation to childhood lead poisoning
  • Expanding primary prevention in high-risk areas

For more information contact on Childhood Lead Poisoning:

Contact information
Childhood Lead Poisoning and Prevention Program
8000 N. Stadium Drive, 2nd Floor
Houston, Texas -77054
Phone: 832-393-5147/832-393-5157
Fax: 832-393-5210

FAQ: Click the below links

Lead is a poisonous metal that was used in building construction and in the making of other household paints prior to 1978. Even though its use was banned, lead still remains a hazard in many places. When something with lead in it starts to deteriorate, it becomes dust, which is poisonous if you breathe it or eat it.
Lead can be found on painted surfaces inside and outside the home. Lead is usually found in:
  • Window sills
  • Window frames
  • Door Frames
  • Door jambs
  • Railings
  • Steps
  • Window framesSoil
Lead can be found on painted surfaces inside and outside the home. Lead is usually found in:
  • Jewelry
  • Toys
  • Batteries
  • Crystal
  • Ceramics (pottery)
  • Cosmetics
  • Mini Blinds
  • Children (1-6 years of age)
  • Pregnant women
  • Unborn Fetuses
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Loss of appetite
  • The best thing to do is to call your pediatrician and ask them to perform a lead test.
  • If you don’t have a pediatrician, call the City of Houston Lead Program at 832-393-5141
Lead poisoning can cause:
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Severe Brain Damage
  • Memory Loss
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Stunted Growth
  • Hyperactivity
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney Damage
  • Seizures
  • Coma/Death
Lead poisoning can be prevented and controlled by:
  • Blood testing children 1-6years
  • Getting your home visually inspected and dust tested
  • Keeping your home free of chipping and peeling paint
  • Keeping your home free of dust
  • Frequently washing your hands
  • Washing toys and pacifiers that children often put in their mouth
  • Practicing good nutrition
  • Using a HEPA vacuum

Important Links
Texas Reporting laws of Childhood Lead poisoning data:

Texas Screening Guidelines:
Health Care Providers Forms:
Education Boucher’s that can be downloaded:
Other Resources:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Texas Screening Guidelines:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA):
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):
    Search CPSC's entire web site— search on "Lead" to find consumer information alerts on lead in paint, children's products, crayons, mini blinds, etc.