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Office of the Director   
50 West Gay Street   
Columbus, OH 43215-9040   
(614) 645.7795   
(614) 645.6295 [FAX]  

Code Enforcement Division   
757 Carolyn Ave.   
Columbus, OH 43224-3218   
(614) 645.2202  
(614) 645.2462 [FAX]  

Economic Development Division  
150 South Front Street
Suite 220  
Columbus, OH 43215-4418  
(614) 645.8616  
(614) 645.2486 [FAX]  

Housing Division  
50 West Gay Street  
Columbus, OH 43215-9040  
(614) 645.7795  
(614) 645.6675 [FAX]  

Land Redevelopment Office  
50 West Gay Street  
Columbus, OH 43215-9030  
(614) 645.5263  
(614) 645.3092 [FAX] 

Neighborhood Pride! 
757 Carolyn Avenue 
Columbus, OH 43224 
(614) 645.0837 
(614) 645.2462 [FAX] 

Neighborhood Services    
50 West Gay Street    
Columbus, OH 43215-9040    
(614) 645.7795    
(614) 645.6295 [FAX]   

Planning Division   
50 West Gay Street   
Columbus, OH 43215-9030   
(614) 645.8664   
(614) 645.1483 [FAX]

Lead Safe Columbus


2014 Program Guidelines

For additional information, please contact:

Tom Brutovski 
Office: 614-645-7452 
Email: TVBrutovski@Columbus.gov

Applications are currently being accepted for Lead Safe Columbus.   If you are interested in applying for a grant please complete the Lead Grant Application.

Please click here for  Columbus Healthy Homes Tips

Please click here for  Columbus Healthy Homes Tips in Spanish.

Please click here for  Columbus Healthy Homes Tips in Somali.

With local and grant funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, the mission of the Lead Safe Columbus Program is to generate lead-safe affordable housing and to prevent lead poisoning of children and adults in Columbus neighborhoods. This program may provide funding to eligible property owners for lead-based paint hazard control in tenant or owner occupied units. Applicants are eligible to receive up to $8,500 in grant funds.

Lead Safe Columbus also has an extensive hand washing outreach campaign to help children learn good hand washing habits. Hand washing is the most economical way to interrupt lead poisoning. Click below and listen to the "Hand Washing" video and song in English or Spanish.

English Hand Washing

Spanish Hand Washing

You may also download a free hand washing song and video using the following instructions:

  • With your mouse, place the arrow on the English Hand Washing or Spanish Hand Washing link.
  • Click the right button on your mouse.
  • Select "Save Target As..."
  • Choose the location you want to save the video, such as on your computer desktop, or on a compact disc.
  • Click "Save".

For more information on the benefits of hand washing, please click here .

Geographic Location

Properties receiving lead-based paint hazard control must be within the City of Columbus corporation limits, with preference given to units that are within the 1950 city limits and Empowerment Zones.

Eligible Properties

Eligible properties for lead-hazard control must meet the following conditions: constructed on or before 1978, and contain one or more residential units where at least 51% of the floor space is used for residential purposes; may be owner or tenant occupied; single family, multi-family, or multi-family units.

The following priorities have been established for lead-hazard control work: owner or tenant occupied with children who have been found to have levels of lead in their blood that is equal to or greater than 10 ug/dl and referred by the Columbus Health Department; where children under the age of 6 years old are residing or will likely reside in the near future; units within the 1950 city limits and Empowerment Zones; units that have 2 or more bedrooms per unit. Units may be vacant or occupied.

Eligible Applicants

If the applicant is an owner/occupant of the structure they must meet income guidelines of 80% or below area median income (AMI). The applicant may also be an investor/owner defined as: sole proprietor; partnership; non-profit or for profit corporation. For investor/owners, income guidelines do not apply, but their tenants must meet income guidelines.

2014 HUD Income Guideline - 80% Area Median Income as of
December 18, 2013
Family  Yearly Income
One  $39,200
Two   $44,800
Three  $50,400
Four   $56,000
Five  $60,500
Six  $65,000
Seven  $69,450
Eight  $73,950

NOTE: Total household income includes the income of all adults 18 years of age and older living in the home.

For tenant occupied units, half of the units assisted must be occupied by tenants whose income is at or below 50% of the AMI and the other half may be at or below 80% of the AMI as established by HUD regulations.

2014 HUD Income Guideline - 50% Area Median Income as of
December 18, 2013
Family  Yearly Income
One  $24,500
Two   $28,000
Three  $31,500
Four   $35,000
Five   $37,800
Six   $40,600
Seven  $43,400
Eight  $46,200

NOTE: Total household income includes the income of all adults 18 years of age and older living in the home.

Rents must be kept affordable for a period of not less than 3 years after the completion of lead hazard control activities. Restrictive Covenants are filed at the County courthouse to assure compliance with the Income Guidelines.

Please click here for the City of Columbus Approved Lead Abatement Contractor List.

Housing Contact Info Department of Development, Housing Division
Administrative Secretary
Karen Francis
Office : 614-645-7896
Email : Housing Division

Intake Line
Office : 614-645-8526
Email: Home_Safe_And_Sound 

Franklin County Auditor
Franklin County Recorder's Office
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 
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