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Lead Hazard Control Program

by Jonathan Bailey last modified 2013-03-07 09:02 PM

Is there lead in my home and when is it a hazard?

Lead poisoning is detrimental to both children and adults; however, children are especially vulnerable. Lead poisoning can make children very sick and can cause permanent brain and nerve damage.

The most prevalent source of lead exposure in homes is caused by lead based paint.

  • Most homes built before 1978 contain some lead-based paint.

If lead-based paint is kept intact and surfaces are kept clean and dust free, children can live safely in a home with lead-based paint. However, lead paint can become hazardous when it is:

  • Peeling or chipping
  • On a friction, impact, or child accessible surface

Lead Hazard Control Program

Assistance is now available to reduce or eliminate lead hazards in housing for qualified applicants through the City of Marshalltown Lead Hazard Control Program. Typical forms of assistance may include the repair or replacement of windows, siding, and other painted surfaces.

Eligible Applicants

Both homeowners and landlords are eligible to apply. Housing selected for assistance under the program must be privately owned and constructed prior to 1978. In all instances (owner and renter-occupied) priority will be given to households where a child has been diagnosed with an elevated blood lead level and households with residing children under the age of six years. For additional requirements, please read on.

Occupied Units

For owner-occupied housing units, applicants must have a gross household income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (ami) for Marshall County as listed in the table below.

Rental Units

For rental properties, at least 50% of the units assisted with the program funds must be occupied by _or made available to_ families with incomes at or below 50% of the Area Median Income with the remaining assisted units at or below 80% of the AMI (see table below).

Income Guidelines

Income guidelines are subject to change.

Household Size 50% AMI 80% AMI
1 $20,800 $33,250
2 $23,750 $38,000
3 $26,700 $42,750
4 $29,650 $47,450
5 $32,050 $51,250
6 $34,400 $55,050
7 $36,800 $58,850
8 $39,150 $62,650


How to Apply

Applications for assistance are available from the City of Marshalltown Housing and Community Development Department located in the Municipal Building at 36 North Center Street in Marshalltown. You can also find and print an application from the city's web page at:



For more information, please call the Lead Hazard Control Program Staff at: 641-754-6583

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