Linn County Public Health and The City of Cedar Rapids are currently accepting applications for a program that can help you find and fix lead-based paint hazards in your home for little or no cost to you. A grant is currently available to help both homeowners and landlords. It costs nothing to find out if you are eligible for the program.
Lead-contaminated dust is the primary cause of lead exposure and can lead to a variety of health problems in young children, including IQ, developmental delays, learning disabilities, and impaired hearing – all preventable.
Iowa’s incidence of children with elevated blood lead levels is greater than twice the national average.
Homes built before 1978 carry risk of lead paint hazards. The greatest risk is to homes built prior to 1960, and Iowa has one of the largest stocks of houses built prior to 1960 in the nation.