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Safe and Healthy Homes is a primary prevention partnership linking parents and resources in an effort to abate lead hazards before toddlers begin crawling and exploring the home environment and to provide primary care providers updated updated information on primary prevention and screening for lead exposure. Safe and Healthy Homes is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

All HFS-enrolled children must be screened with a blood lead test at ages 12 and 24 months, or up to 72 months, if they have not been previously screened.

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Childhood Lead Screening Notice

This notice provides a reminder to providers that all HFS-enrolled children should be screened with a blood lead test at ages 12 and 24 months, or up to 72 months, if they have not been previously screened. This update includes policy updates concerning lead screening that were implemented in 2008. [...more]

Frequently Asked Questions about Lead Inspections

Who can request a home lead inspection?
Home inspections can be requested by the owner of the property, a tenant or physician.

How can I ask for a lead inspection?
Lead inspections can be requested by a tenant or owner by calling 311.  Physicians may request a lead inspection by faxing in a form to their local health department. [...more]

How to Request a Lead Inspection from the City of Chicago (English & Spanish)

Directions for Requesting a Lead Inspection in English and Spanish

1. Call 311 to request a lead inspection from Chicago City Services.  Let City Services know that you are concerned that you may have lead paint in your home.
2. An inspector will call you to schedule an appointment
3. The inspector will include a look at the paint on the inside and outside of your home.  the inspector may take dust or paint samples.

If the inspector finds a lead problem:
a. The landlord will be responsible for making the building lead safe
b. Some landlords may be eligible for financial assistance programs to make their buildings lead safe [...more]

Illinois Department of Public Health: Get the Lead Out

Of the 1.2 million children aged 6 years and younger in Illinois, approximately 110,000 children have blood lead levels that are too high. Lead poisoning does not always produce symptoms. It can be detected with a simple blood test. Because lead is found everywhere, city, suburban and rural children are all at risk if they breathe in lead dust or eat lead paint and dust. Read this brochure to find out more about lead poisoning. Call your doctor, your local health department or the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Illinois Lead Program at 217-782-3517 or 866-909-3572 or TTY 800-547-0466 for information on having your home inspected for lead and removing lead hazards safely. [...more]

Chicago Neighborhood Areas Map: Lead Levels

This is a map of Chicago neighborhood areas represented in terms of lead levels present in housing stock.  Yellow areas represent neighborhood areas with the least lead present.  Darker red neighborhood areas represent parts of the city with the highest levels of lead found in housing stock. [...more]

EPA Lead Resources for Patients and Parents

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made the following resources available to providers to inform patients about the risks of lead in the home.  These resources can be displayed in the office, or provided to patients and parents as hand-outs. [...more]

HUD Lead Resources for Patients and Parents

The US Department of Housing and Urban development (HUD) made the following resources available to providers to inform patients about the risks of lead in the home.  These resources can be displayed in the office, or provided to patients and parents as hand-outs. [...more]

Learn More About Lead: Brochures and Resources (MTO)

Metropolitan Tenants Organization of Chicago (MTO) made the following resource available to direct interested parties to both web resources and telephone contacts regarding lead safety. [...more]

Lead Poisoning Blood Test Locations in Illinois

Raising children who have been lead poisoned requires patience and hard work. Caretakers need to know where to go for help for help and support for a child’s health and educational needs.

The Illinois Department of Public Health identified zip code areas in which children are considered at greatest risk for lead poisoning due to the age of housing stock and income levels. Children who live in high-risk zip codes are required to have a blood test at certain ages to determine whether they are lead poisoned. Additionally, all children with siblings who have elevated blood lead levels should have a blood test.

In Illinois the cost for a blood test is included for children covered by Illinois Medicaid/All Kids. [...more]

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For more information about Safe and Healthy Homes, please contact:

Jennie Pinkwater
Director, Prevention Projects
1400 W. Hubbard Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642
312/733-1026, ext 213
Fax: 312/733-1791
jpinkwater@illinoisaap.com