Housing & Lead

In Rhode Island, 80% of homes occupied by a child is constructed before 1978 and falls into the high-risk category to contain lead paint.
The most common sources of lead poisoning are lead-contaminated dust from window sills, door jams, peeling, chipping paint and contaminated soil.

The following links and resources  are intended to help you and your child stay safe.

*The below list is not all-inclusive and is intended as a guidepost.

Lead Mitigation Conformance Property Search

RI Lead Certificate Search

Search properties inspected by the Housing Resources Commission’s licensed inspectors/ technicians and received a Certificate of Conformance under the Lead Hazard Mitigation Law.

Westbay Community Lead Center


Westbay Community Action, Inc. has partnered with RI Housing’s LeadSafe Homes Program. This program provides forgivable loans to mitigate the hazards of lead-based paint  to make your home a healthier and safer place to live. The LeadSafe Homes Program is available to homeowners and landlords at no cost to qualifying customers.

Lead Safe Kids Project

Lead Safe Kids  
Childhood lead poisoning remains the most pervasive, yet preventable environmental health problem in Rhode Island. Childhood Lead Action Project has worked to eliminate childhood lead poisoning through education, parent support and advocacy.

Fair Housing Issues & Discrimination Against Children & Grandparents


Grandparents shouldn’t have their housing taken from them simply because they’re guardians of young children.  HUD’s commitment to ensuring that housing providers meet their obligation to treat families with children the same as any other resident.

How Can I Protect My Family From Lead in My Home?

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Foster Care & RI Struggles with Lead Poisoning

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Grandparents Get Housing Help in NYC

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