Lead Safe Spokane Program

Lead Safe Spokane Program

Why participate?

City of SpokaneKiemle & Hagood Company administers the Lead Safe Spokane Program for the City of Spokane Community Development Department.  The Program provides an average of up to $13,000 per unit in lead asssistance to owner occupants with children under 6 years old or landlords who rent to low-income families.  The assistance addresses lead based paint or lead based paint hazards. Lead assistance is 75% forgiven over 3 years and the remaining balance is deferred with interest of 3% accruing.


Equal Housing Opportunity

  • Property owners within the Spokane city limits.
  • Properties built before 1978.
  • If the property is owner occupied, the owner’s income must be under 80% of Area Median Income AND have a child under 6 years either living in the home or one who visits two days a week for 6 hours or more total, AND/OR have a pregnant woman living in the home.
  • If the property is a rental, the landlord must rent to low-income families, and agree to make available to families with children under 6 years old for not less than three years following assistance.  Property must be vacant or have a child under 6 years of age either living in the residence or substantially visiting and/or a pregnant woman who resides there.
  • The majority of the units must be two or more bedrooms
  • Other eligibility requirements apply. We encourage landlords to call for more information. (509) 755-7555

Program priorities:

  • Children under 6 years old with an Elevated Blood Level (over 1)
  • In-home daycare facilities
  • Rentals with failed HQS due to paint condition
  • Properties with identified lead paint hazards
  • Properties built before 1940
  • Properties located in targeted Community Development neighborhoods
  • Properties owned by non-profits

What can be done?

Free Lead Test and Risk Assessment will be performed on the property.  This is at least a $500 value.  Based on the assessment and identified lead paint hazards, a Work Order will be created addressing the lead hazards identified in the test and assessment.  Typical work items include:

  • Interior and/or exterior paint
  • Vinyl siding installation
  • Window replacement
  • Door replacement
  • Soil treatment
  • Carpet replacement
  • Stair tread replacement
  • Special lead dust cleanup procedures
  • Some limited rehabilitation work may be eligible

How does the work get done?

All work will be completed by a State of Washington Certified Lead Abatement Supervisor.  These individuals are qualified, professional contractors and the work completed will be in accordance with state and local building codes.  Kiemle & Hagood Company manages the bidding process, payment requests and any changes to the work at no cost to the owner.

How do I pay for the work?

Lead Safe Spokane provides up to $13,000 per unit as a 3% fixed rate loan secured by a note and deed on the property.  Seventy-five percent (75%) of the cost of the project will be forgiven over the first three years, (25% forgiven each year). The remaining 25% remains as a loan secured with a note and deed of trust, accumulating 3% interest annually.

As a landlord, why would I do this?

  • 75% of borrowed funds become a grant after three years
  • Free lead test and risk assessment
  • Helps Section 8 landlords pass HQS inspections
  • Can provide training on how to safely maintain property using Safe Work Practices
  • Property listed on registry of “Lead Safe Housing”
  • Peace of mind – free lead test and risk assessment.  You know where the lead is and isn’t.

As a homeowner, why would I do this?

  • 75% of borrowed funds becomes a grant after three years
  • Free lead test and risk assessment
  • Free blood testing of my children

How to apply?

Contact Us for more information or complete and submit the Lead Safe Referral Form.

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