East Central Intergovernmental Association

A regional response to local needs

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Dubuque, IA 52002
800-942-4648 (Iowa Only)


Lead Program


ECIA's Lead Paint and Healthy Homes program utilizes federal funds to provide financial assistance of up to $25,000 per home available to low- and moderate-income homeowners and rental property owners to reduce lead-based paint hazards in homes.  Eligibility for this program is based on household income and the presence of a child age 5 and under that lives in the home or visits the home on a frequent basis. 

Lead is Dangerous/Harmful

Lead Poisoning remains a significant health concern for young children and adults. Elevated blood lead levels can harm a child's central nervous system and are associated with reduced IQ, behavioral problems and learning disabilities.

Eligible Lead Hazards

In properties built prior to 1978 where lead based paint has been identified it is considered a hazard if:

  • · Paint surface is peeling, chipping, cracking or deteriorated.

  • · Paint is accessible to children age 5 and under, or is a chewable surface meaning it is within five feet of the floor or ground. Protruding surfaces such as window sills, stair treads, handrails, spindles and blusters would be examples.

  • · Paint is an impact surface, meaning it is located where it may be easily chipped. Doors, door jambs and stops, baseboards and wall corners that jut into a room.

  • · Paint is a friction surface, meaning the movement creates lead dust. Opening and closing a window can create dust, for example.


To get started, fill our our pre-application form HERE.

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