Lead-Based Paint Hazard Remediation

Lead Paint Window

Free help is available for Kalamazoo residents that may be at risk of lead exposure in their homes. The City of Kalamazoo funds a Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program for city residents through a partnership with KNHS Home Ownership Services (KNHS). The program addresses lead hazards in older homes at no cost to the resident. The program is funded by the Foundation for Excellence and federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

Lead is a heavy metal that was used in construction and household paints before 1978. Although it has been banned in residential paint, it remains a hazard in older homes. When something containing lead deteriorates it becomes dust and is poisonous if you breathe or eat it.

Children can suffer a lifetime of effects from lead poisoning like impaired physical development, lower educational performance, attention problems, and aggressive or even violent behavior. Children under 6 years of age, pregnant women, and developing fetuses are most at risk from lead exposure.


To be eligible for this program you must meet these requirements:

  • Live in the city of Kalamazoo
  • Own or live in a home built before 1978
  • Complete an application
  • Be current on property taxes, or be current in a repayment program per county agreement
  • Pass an initial housing visual inspection (provide access to all rooms in your home for inspection)
  • Maintain ownership for a minimum of three years after work is completed
  • Have household income at or below 80% area median income (AMI)
  • If you're renting, the landlord must agree and participate in the process

Households that have children aged six and under living in or visiting the home often will be prioritized. All other applicants will be served based on availability. Hazard control is done through full abatement or interim controls per HUD guidelines. Sorry, but mobile homes and homes being purchased through land contract are ineligible for this program. 

To find out more about this program or apply, please contact KNHS Home Ownership Services at (269) 385-2916 or by emailing lead@knhs.org.

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