Lead Information for Families

Lead-based paint is the primary source of lead poisoning of children in Iowa.  Two-thirds of our community’s housing stock was built before 1978 (when lead based paint was banned).

Even low levels of lead exposure can cause health problems.  This includes attention deficits, behavior problems, learning difficulties, and decreased IQ in young children.

Long-term exposure to lead can damage the brain, kidneys, and bone marrow.  Symptoms of lead poisoning include stomach pain, headaches, vomiting, confusion, muscle weakness, seizures, hair loss, and anemia.  Lead poisoning is 100% preventable.  At low levels of lead, children do not show symptoms. 

Contact the Polk County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at (515) 286-2115 or (515) 323-5232 now to ensure your home receives the needed repairs to become a lead-safe-home!

You’re eligible to seek funding to eliminate lead-paint hazards if you meet the following:


  • A homeowner or landlord in Polk County
  • Mortgage payment, utilities and taxes are all current
  • Home must be constructed prior to 1978

        Children Under 6

  • Have a child under the age of 6 living in the home
  • Have a child under the age of 6 visiting your home at least 60 hours during a year


  • A homeowner or the tenant must be willing to relocate if the home tests positive for hazardous lead paint, while the repair is performed. Relocation costs will be covered by Polk County Health Department. 


  • No higher than 80% of Median Family Income based on total number of people in the family and income.  See the Income Limits posted below:
1 person  2 people 3 people 4 people 5 people 6 people 7 people 8 people
$55,200 $63,050 $70,950 $78,800 $85,150 $91,450 $97,750 $104,050

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