Our goal is to control and prevent housing/environmental conditions, which result in childhood lead poisoning. This is accomplished by providing educational information to the public, coordination with the City agencies rehabilitating targeted high-risk affordable housing, investigation and early response to families of lead-poisoned children, enforcement of applicable laws, and response to community complaints.
Lead Program is responsible for:
1. Childhood Lead Poisoning Investigation and Outreach
- Investigation of lead-poisoned children
- Enforcement of environmental ordinances
- Preventive outreach/education with families of lead-burdened children
2. HUD-Funded Grant Program
- HUD funds are used, when available, to control lead-based paint hazards in pre-1940 affordable housing occupied by families with children aged 5 or younger in targeted high-risk areas of the City.
- Housing that has been made lead-safe by HUD lead grant funding or other means is entered in the Lead-Safe Housing Directory.
3. Community Complaint Response, Education, and Outreach
- Information/referral to lead-related questions provided to the public
- Site investigation performed as needed
- Group presentations
- Educational materials provided to Long Beach residents
4. Services to Other Departments
- Special lead inspection/sample testing as part of the Planning and Building Department sandblasting permit process
- Lead inspection/risk assessment on City property and equipment, e.g. playground equipment, on request
- Lead paint inspection, project design, monitoring, and final clearance testing services for other City housing programs, on request
Lead Safe Housing:
The Long Beach Lead Safe Housing Units Directory is provided to inform the renting community of affordable housing units that have been made safe from lead-based paint hazards. If ingested, lead-based paint can be hazardous, particularly to children under the age of six. The units, listed below, have been made lead safe by the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services through grant funding provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The units shown in the listing below were made lead safe in the year listed but cannot be assumed to have remained lead safe unless the owner has followed an "Ongoing Lead-Based Paint Maintenance Program." Such a program includes: Annual visual assessments; written notice asking occupants to report any deteriorated paint; maintenance schedules; having the property re-evaluated; the use of "lead safe work practices" and trained maintenance workers. The prospective renter or buyer should check with the owner to determine if these requirements have been met.
- Lead Safe Work Practices
- Lead Program Brochure (English)
- Lead Program Brochure (Spanish)
- City of Long Beach Laboratory Services
- Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home (English)
- Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home (Spanish)
- Reducing Lead Hazards When Remodeling Your Home (English)
- Reducing Lead Hazards When Remodeling Your Home (Spanish)
- The Lead-Based Paint Pre-Renovation Education Rule
- Lead Paint Safety: A Field Guide for Painting, Home Maintenance, and Renovation Work
Contact Us: For more information on Environmental Health Lead Program, please call (562) 570-8870.