Lead Poisoning Prevention

Healthy Androscoggin’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Lead is a neurotoxin that is especially harmful to children under six years old. Lead is found in many places but lead in paint poses the highest risk to children. Lead paint is most frequently found in homes built before 1978, and is a danger when it is chipping and peeling – creating dangerous lead dust that settles on floors and windowsills where children and infants can touch and ingest it by chewing on toys, putting their hands in their mouths, and eating without washing their hands.

Lewiston-Auburn has the highest rate of childhood lead poisoning in the state, and Healthy Androscoggin is working to prevent lead poisoning by offering the following programs:

1. Free in-home lead poisoning prevention education services for downtown L-A residents

2. Free facilitation of lead dust testing in homes of L-A residents

3. Mass marketing campaigns to raise awareness of lead poisoning in our community, including articles, press releases, TV interviews, bus ads, newspaper ads, posters, handing out information sheets at community events, and social media posts for broader reach.

4. Working with local property owners to engage them in lead poisoning prevention activities.

5. Extensive collaboration with local organizations working on lead poisoning prevention, to ensure that our collective impact is improving the health of children in L-A.

Scroll to the bottom of this page for information on how to test your home and your child for lead, and cleaning tips for parents.

Interested in ordering your own free lead dust test kit from the MaineCDC? Fill out their online order form.

RRP (Renovation, Repair, and Painting) Trainings

This 1-day course is required for those doing renovation, repair, and painting work in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities. It includes information on lead and its health effects, lead-safe work practices, information distribution to building owners/occupants and recordkeeping requirements. It also covers state and federal regulations that apply to renovation, repair and painting in pre-1978 housing.

This course meets the training requirements of the federal Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule for work beginning on or after April 22, 2010. Successful completion of the course allows renovators to apply for firm certification through the US EPA.

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Lead Paint Inspection Services

Community Concepts administers a 0% deferred forgivable loan for the Maine State Housing Authority for the abatement of lead paint hazards. Deferred Forgivable Loans can be used for both single-family homes and apartment buildings.

Funding Source: Maine State Housing Authority through HUD funded grant

Serves Androscoggin, Cumberland, Franklin, Lincoln, Oxford, Sagadahoc & York Counties.

Single family homes and apartments must have been built prior to 1978

The requirements for single-family homes:

  • Must have a child under six residing in the home.
  • May receive up to $16,000 for lead abatement.

The requirements for apartment buildings:

  • Each unit must be at least two bedrooms.
  • Eligibility is based on tenant income only.
  • Landlords may receive up to $10,000 per unit with a maximum of ten units.

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We all have a role in preventing childhood lead poisoning.

Lead Resources


Get the Lead out: Take Advantage of Unit Turnover

Get Smart About Lead

Working with Lead Paint: Laws & Classes


Testing Your Child for Lead

How to Clean Up Lead Dust

Sources of Lead

Testing My Home for Lead

Keep Your Child Away From Lead

Looking For Lead Hazards

Lead Poisoning: Do I Need to Worry?

Healthy Home Healthy Families

Healthy Homes Healthy Families is a program created specifically for renters within the Lewiston-Auburn area. Each session we offer consists of two 2-hour classes dedicated to helping families maintain a healthy and safe home. The course discusses lead hazards, pests and pesticides, safely preparing and storing food, and keeping a healthy diet for the whole family.

Healthy Homes Healthy Families is made possible through a collaborative effort with the following organizations:

Healthy Androscoggin’s lead prevention activities are supported by the Maine Lead Poisoning Prevention Fund and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Neighbor 2 Neighbor

Lead Poisoning Prevnetion Flip Book


Pests, Cockroaches & Bedbugs Flip Book