Lead and Healthy Homes



Lead paint poisioning affects over one million children today. Find out when your home, school and daycare center was built. If it was before 1978, it probably contains lead-based paint.

If your child had a blood lead level greater than 5 micrograms per deciliter ( µg/dL ), your clinic will report the test result to the Minnesota Department of Health, and it will then be reported to the Minneapolis Health Department. A Health Inspector will follow up with you to schedule a free lead paint inspection of your home to determine the source of the lead exposure.

If you live in a rental unit in Minneapolis, you can call 311 to report non-intact paint and request a housing inspection. However, lead paint inspections can only be performed for families of children with blood lead levels greater than 5 µg/dL.

The Lead & Healthy Homes program offers a simple yet comprehensive approach to dealing with a variety of environmental concerns associated with housing for Minneapolis residents. Some of the common problem areas are addressed on a regular basis.

Common Problem Areas in Homes

Lead House







Exterior (Lead-based Paint)

Windows (Lead-based Paint)

Interior (Allergens, indoor air quality)

Gutters & Basement (Water leaks can lead to mold)


Preventing lead poisoning

Minneapolis works to prevent lead poisoning

 Lead Poisoned Children

Map of Minneapolis by Block Showing where Children under Six Years Old were Poisoned by Lead 1999-2014

Help prevent lead poisoning with good nutrition

Nutrition and lead recipe and resource guide

Drinking Water and Lead

Avoiding Lead Contamination in Water in Minnesota
- MN Department of Health


City of Minneapolis Tap Water information:


Public Works - Minneapolis Drinking Water

Lead Fact Sheet - English 

 Preguntas frecuentes sobre el plomo - Spanish

Su'aalaha Badanaa Leyska Weydiiyo (FAQ) Macdanta "Lead" - Somali

FAQ txog taug txhuas - Hmong

Article: Risk of lead poisioning from urban gardeneing
is low



     Paint on older homes may contain lead. Learn how to identify
lead paint and protect your family from potential dangers of
lead poisoning in this video from the City of Minneapolis.


Español/Spanish: En este video aprende como identificar la pintura con plomo en las casas antiguas y como proteger a tu familia de los peligros de envenenamiento por plomo.

Lead Safe Work Practices Course

The Lead Safe Work Practices Course is designed for licensed building owners and contractors who wish to do maintenance and remodeling projects on homes built prior to 1978.  

Healthy Homes Resource Guide

Healthy Homes Resource Guide for Minneapolis Senior Citizens is a resource guide for agencies that serve Minneapolis senior residents. Resources for chore services, financial assistance, home modification, de-cluttering, indoor health hazard mitigation,pest control and programs for veterans.


Soomaali/Somali: Riinjiinga darbiyada ee guryaha mudo badan dhisnaa waxaa suuro gal ah in ay leeyihiin suntn looyaqaan Liidh (Lead). Si aad qoyskaaga uga ilaalisid qatarta suntan, Fiidiyoowgaan city of Minneapolis, ka baro sida loo ogaado darbiyada kalaradoodu leeyihiin suntaa, & sidii aad uga ilaalin lahayd qoyskaaga.


Click on the link below to watch, "The Impact of Lead Poisoning on Crime and Learning Capacity, and How Lead Hazard Control Makes Homes Safer."


This webcast was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. The webcast was held on March 9, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Hmoob/Hmong: Cov xim ua pleev cov tsev qub qub lawm tej zaum nws kuj muaj txhuas. Txhuas yog ib yam “metal” ua lom tau neeg thaum ib tug neeg twg nqo tau ib yam khoom ua muaj txhuas lo yog nqus pas tau hmoov txhuas. Lub nroog Minneapolis daim “video” no yuav pab qhia rau koj kom paub ntsuam xyua cov xim ua muaj txhuas thiab tiv thaiv koj tsev neeg.


 The Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control team (February 2016)

The Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control team
February 2016



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Should you require a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate, or information in an alternative format, please contact 612-673-2301. 

Para asistencia 612-673-2700 - Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 - Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500

Last updated Feb 27, 2017



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