While removal of lead from gasoline and paint has significantly reduced lead exposure, many low-income children living in rental housing built prior to the 1978 lead paint ban have high exposure to lead and suffer from lead poisoning.
This study examined eight local lead laws passed since 2000 that work to reduce lead hazards in rental housing. By examining the local laws’ strengths and weakness, this research may inform future policies reducing childhood lead poisoning. The case studies included: Burlington, Vermont; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Rochester, New York; San Diego, California; and Washington, D.C.
Local laws targeting childhood lead poisoning will vary across specific contexts, but this study highlights important characteristics for municipalities to consider when crafting their own approaches to eliminating lead poisoning.