Lead Paint in Housing: HUD Has Not Identified High-Risk Project-Based Rental Assistance Properties, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the GAO (Government Accountability Office) Highlights: "Exposure to lead paint hazards can cause serious harm to children under 6 years old. HUD [Department of Housing and Urban Development] is required by law to reduce the risk of lead paint hazards in HUD-assisted rental housing-- including project-based rental assistance (subsidies to make privately owned multifamily properties affordable to low-income households). The 2019 Consolidated Appropriations Act Joint Explanatory Statement includes a provision for GAO to review, among other things, HUD's oversight of lead paint and related hazards in affordable rental housing. This report (1) describes how HUD programs and guidance address lead paint hazards in HUD-assisted and other low-income rental housing, and (2) examines HUD's oversight procedures for assessing risk for lead paint hazards in project-based rental assistance housing. GAO reviewed HUD and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lead paint regulations and documents on lead programs and methods for addressing lead paint hazards. GAO reviewed HUD oversight policies and procedures and analyzed HUD data on building and tenant age. GAO interviewed staff at HUD, EPA, and organizations that advocate for safe affordable housing."

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