Project REAL (Richmond Effort to Abate Lead) is a program of the City of Richmond, in partnership with Contra Costa County and the City of San Pablo. Project REAL is charged with continuing to make residential units "lead-safe" for low-income children and families over the next few years, while working to educate our wider community about the dangers associated with lead. Funding for Project REAL is provided through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Who can Participate?
Project REAL will target houses and apartments, either owner-occupied or rental, in the Iron Triangle and Santa Fe neighborhoods of Richmond, Unincorporated North Richmond, and the City of San Pablo. Property owners who rent to low-income families, low-income home-owners, and tenants with children under the age of six living in one of these communities may be eligible.
Why is Project REAL Important?
Lead was a common additive in house paint until its use was banned by the federal government in the late 1970s. All homes built before 1978 may contain lead-based paint, but homes built before 1960 are especially likely to be contaminated. Old paint is prone to chipping and deterioration, and people, mostly children, become poisoned by ingesting the chips and dust that result. Eating chips or breathing lead-contaminated dust from deteriorating lead-based paint is the most common cause of childhood lead poisoning, a serious health risk.
What are the Benefits of Participating in Project REAL?
Residents and property owners enrolled in the program will be provided with:
Blood lead testing of children under age six, and subsequent case management;
In-home evaluation of lead-based paint hazards - XRF testing and risk assessment;
Remediation of identified lead hazards; and
Training and materials to assist occupants in maintaining a lead-safe home.
This is a free program; there is no cost to participants.
How Can I Enroll in the Program?
Contact Project REAL at the City of Richmond to get more information and to request an application form. If you meet the eligibility requirements, we will guide you through the process of having your children, 6 years old or younger, tested for lead poisoning and your home evaluated for the presence of lead-based paint hazards.
Project REAL (Richmond Effort to Abate Lead)
City of Richmond
330 25th Street
Richmond, CA 94804
510-412-8586 or 510-412-8568