HUD's Title X Regulation for Lead Safety in Federally-Assisted Housing

On September 15, 1999, HUD issued its final lead-based paint regulation for federally-owned residential property and housing receiving federal assistance; these policies will implement the Section 1012-1013 requirements of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992, or Title X ("Title Ten") of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992.

This landmark regulation sets forth significant new requirements, effective September 15, 2000, concerning lead-based paint hazard notification, evaluation and reduction for federally-owned residential property and housing receiving federal assistance. These new practices will affect more than two million housing units, including most pre-1978 units which receive funding from HUD's Community Development Block Grant and HOME programs, rental assistance programs such as the Section 8 project-based and voucher programs, FHA (including insured mortgages), and all other federal housing programs.

NCHH has developed a reference tool that provides a user-friendly, comprehensive introduction to the HUD regulation. Complementing material available at the website of the Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, the Internet Guide is intended to make it easy to understand the provisions of the regulation. The Guide also integrates the regulation with other HUD and EPA rules and guidelines. Users of the guide can scan text and use links to move quickly through and between multiple layers of information such as subparts of the regulation, abbreviated summaries of the requirements, and HUD's Interpretive Guidance. Links to reference materials such as glossary definitions and cited EPA regulations are provided throughout the guide.

Visit HUD's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control to read and download the new regulation, or call the National Lead Information Center toll-free at 1.800.424.LEAD to request a copy of the new regulation by mail.

NCHH offers training, technical assistance, model documents, and other materials to assist city, state, and local agencies and disease-control centers responsible for performing housing rehab work, state governments that need to add the sampling technician discipline to their training and certification programs, and other affected parties in developing the capacity to implement the new regulation successfully.