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HUD High Performing Agency
The “Home Safe Home” program of the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) protects low-income children and families in the City of San Diego from lead-based paint and other home health hazards.
Top priority is given to families whose homes are frequented by children under the age of 6-years old. Primary outreach efforts focus on high-risk target areas that include the communities of:
Lead Level Blood Testing
To determine if a child has been exposed to lead, blood tests are performed at select school and community sites as part of the program’s community outreach efforts, which are organized by the Environmental Health Coalition in partnership with SDHC.
La Maestra Community Health Center conducts the blood tests using a non-invasive Lead Care II blood analyzer that was purchased by SDHC under a program grant in 2008.
Test results are immediate – within three minutes. If a child tests positive, families will be referred for further medical evaluation. In addition, families are provided with information on how to eliminate lead hazards, offered a free home inspection, and encouraged to sign-up for the “Home Safe Home” Program.
Home Lead Remediation
“Home Safe Home” also conducts lead paint remediation in qualifying homes that were built before 1979. Maximum grant amounts are:
Members of the public interested in the program may submit a pre-application form (PDF form is compatible only with Internet Explorer (all versions). Please use the recommended browser to successfully submit the Rehab Pre-Application).
For more information about lead safety please visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Web site
Home Health Hazards
“Home Safe Home” can also help families address other health and safety-related issues present in their homes. Eligible homes will be evaluated for such problems as:
On average, grant amounts are $2,700 per family. Final selection for the program is determined by SDHC.
“Home Safe Home” Grant Partnership
“Home Safe Home” is funded by two ongoing federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). Totaling $4.1 million, the grants are comprised of:
The program has received over $20 million in federal grants since its inception in 2002.
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