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Attention Tenants and Homeowners

Do you have chipped and peeling paint? Was your home built before 1978? Do children under six years old or pregnant women live in the home? If you answered YES to any of these questions, you may be eligible for the Lead Safe Westchester (LSW) Program. Applicants must provide proof that they earn at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for Westchester County (about $100,000 for a family of four).

If lead is inhaled, swallowed or absorbed into the body, it affects the brain and developing nervous systems of young children and fetuses, which can lead to learning disabilities and behavioral problems.

Westchester County received a $4.1 million grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to reduce exposure to lead-based paint, dust and other safety hazards for low and moderate income households. Westchester County provides project management services and improvements at no cost to the property owner or tenant.

Apply today! LSW Applications are now being accepted and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority consideration will be given to units housing children under the age of 6 and/or units where a pregnant woman resides. LSW funds are awarded based on the household income of the resident. After the applications are processed, the County will inspect each unit, develop the scope of work and solicit bids from licensed and certified lead contractors to complete improvements that may include: paint stabilization, door and window replacements, minor electrical repairs, installation of smoke detectors and other safety repairs.

If you are a property owner or a tenant and you live in a property that was built before 1978, you may have lead-based paint in your home. For more information, or to request a LSW Application, contact the Department of Planning at (914) 995–4402 or via email at

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