In Portland, the most common source of lead exposure is not from lead in water but from lead-based paint in homes built before 1978.
The Portland Water Bureau Lead Hazard Reduction Program addresses the reduction of not just lead in water, but of all lead hazards in the Portland area. The program sponsors important community programs that conduct education and outreach activities about lead hazards and provide free resources to Portland Water Bureau customers.
Questions about Lead? Contact the LeadLine: 503-988-4000 or www.leadline.org
The LeadLine is staffed with Multnomah County Health Department public health professional who can answer your questions and connect you to local resources to reduce your family’s exposure to lead.
Lead hazard reduction resources for:
Families with young children:
The Community Alliance of Tenants is a grassroots organization that educates and empowers tenants to reduce lead-poisoning hazards and secure safe housing.
- Renters’ Rights Hotline (English/Spanish): Answers questions about tenants’ rights and responsibilities and helps tenants develop effective strategies in response to specific situations.
- Renters’ Rights Workshops: participants are given an in-depth orientation to tenants’ rights as well as resources and strategies for gaining and maintaining stable housing.
Community Energy Project empowers people to maintain healthier, more livable homes by providing free workshops, materials, and resources that build awareness and help families limit exposure to harmful lead in their everyday lives.
- Two types of lead hazard workshops:
- Lead Poisoning Prevention: participants learn how to take simple and affordable actions to help protect their families from the damaging effects of lead exposure in the home.
- Lead-Safe Home Projects: participants learn how to identify potential lead poisoning hazards and how to reduce childhood dust exposure from either existing home conditions or small, paint-disturbing project activities. Examples of home projects covered in this workshop include refinishing old furniture or preparing a room for painting.
- Free lead dust testing and cleaning kits.
- HEPA vacuum leading for cleaning lead dust and particles in the home.
The Fair Housing Council of Oregon has a lead hazard awareness program that educates landlords about lead hazards in housing and their legal responsibilities related to lead hazards.
- Landlord Trainings: participants learn the importance of their role of informing tenants of lead hazards, maintaining the unit in a way that prevents lead poisoning, and complying with all federal and state requirements.
Growing Gardens works with low-income Portland residents to promote home gardens and reduce lead exposure from soil.
- Lead-in-soil testing: before a garden is built, the soil is tested for lead contamination and if the soil has a high lead content, Growing Gardens can build a raised garden bed that isolates the lead contaminated soil from the garden.
The International Center for Traditional Childbearing trains African American and African immigrant doulas as community health workers to reduce lead poisoning in pregnant mothers and infants.
- Doula Trainings: participants learn how to educate pregnant women and mothers of young children on the dangers of lead poisoning and how to keep their infants and young children lead free.
- Connect pregnant women with ICTC trained doulas.
The Environmental Health Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is a general resource for lead information and testing.
- The LeadLine, 503-988-400 or www.leadline.org, is a lead hazard information hotline staffed by a certified lead risk assessor to provide information and referrals to lead reduction programs and services. Information is available in English, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese
- Provides free blood lead level testing for children six and under and pregnant women at health clinics and community events. Full schedule of testing dates can be found on the LeadLine website.
Lead Poisoning Prevention and Lead-based Paint Programs
Find information and learn about the state's Lead Poisoning Prevention and Lead-based Paint Programs, including signs and symptoms of lead poisoning, working safely with lead-based paint, and lead poisoning information for parents and families. Information about the risks and responsibilities related to lead-based paint renovation and abatement is available for contractors, schools and child care facilities, and property owners, managers and realtors. You can also find information on accredited training providers and upcoming courses, as well as listings of state-certified lead-based paint abatement and inspection professionals.
The Portland Lead Hazard Control Program provides an evaluation of lead hazards and financial assistance to reduce lead-based paint hazards in housing occupied by qualified low- and moderate-income households.
Portland Public Schools remediates and removes lead paint hazards from their facilities that are attended by children six and under.