The Lead-Safe Homes Program

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Do you live in an older home that has peeling paint or old windows? The Wisconsin
Lead-Safe Homes Program (LSHP) is a statewide program that might be able to help make repairs to your home, making it safer for your family.

Information on this page is sorted into three categories. On the following tabs, please select one of three: Property Owners/Tenants, Abatement/Investigation, and About the LSHP.

Property Owners/Tenants

Getting started is easy!
Please complete this interest form and someone from the program will contact you.

Want more information about the LSHP? Download this program flyer, Wisconsin Lead-Safe Homes Program, P-02729 (in English and Spanish) to get answers to your questions about the program.

Who is LSHP for?

The LSHP is a statewide program that benefits:

  • Children: The program makes homes lead-safe so high-risk kids can grow up without being exposed to lead in their home. A child or a pregnant woman who lives in or regularly visits* must be eligible for health insurance through Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus.
  • Property owners: The program helps pay for needed fixes to make owner-occupied and rental properties lead-safe.
  • Contractors: The program provides job opportunities in lower-income neighborhoods, and helps contractors get trained and certified to bid on Lead-Safe Home Program projects.
  • Communities: The program helps improve the housing stock in older neighborhoods.

*"Regularly visits" means at least three hours a day on two or more days a week, and at least 60 hours per year.

What properties can be enrolled in LSHP?

Properties have to meet all of the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Families with children or pregnant women living in or regularly visiting the home.
  • Child or pregnant woman are eligible for Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus.
  • Families with a household income below 301% of the federal poverty limit.
  • Homes built before 1978 with old windows or chipping paint.
  • Homes with currently paid taxes or enrolled in a tax payment plan.
  • Homes properly insured for complete loss.

When a property is approved, what costs are covered under the LSHP?

  • An assessment of the property, before and after repairs are made.
  • Lead-safe repairs, which may include new windows, doors, painting, and other household repairs.

Why should I participate in the LSHP?

  • Homeowners: The program covers 100% of the costs to make your home lead-safe.
  • Landlords: The program covers between 85 - 100% of the costs to make your rental properties lead-safe. Although you may need to contribute the remaining portion of the costs not covered, the return on investment will be substantial.
  • Renters: There is no cost to you. Encourage your landlord to apply today!

How do I get started with the LSHP?

Please complete the program interest form to let us know you are interested and want to learn more. Someone from the program will contact you.

Abatement/Investigation

Are you a state-certified lead company that would like to apply for a state-funded grant to do residential lead abatement? Are you part of a company that is willing to work in your area of Wisconsin?

Or are you a lead-certified investigation company that can do lead risk assessments in advance of lead abatement work and conduct clearance after the work is completed?

Great News! The Lead-Safe Homes Program has new opportunities for lead companies that do lead risk assessment or lead abatement work.

Getting started is easy! Please complete this interest form and someone from the program will contact you.

How does an abatement company qualify?

Grantee abatement companies must:

  • Be a DHS state-certified lead company in good standing.
  • Hold current Dwelling Contractor Certification issued by Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.
  • Have a crew who works in a lead-safe manner with skills appropriate for the scope of work required by the project.
  • Provide one (1) year craftsmanship warranty on all work conducted for each awarded LSHP lead hazard reduction project.

Grantee abatement company perks:

  • Free process for completing an application to work on a lead risk assessment or lead abatement project.
  • Free business promotion: On the application process service, promote your business at no cost to you.

What project abatement company costs are reimbursable?

Grantee abatement companies can be reimbursed for:

  • Training: Increase the size of your crew. Get more trained lead workers.
  • Certification: Get reimbursed for your costs for certifying yourself and your workers.
  • Supplies: Invoice for supplies as soon as they arrive on the jobsite.
  • Work time: Bill for lead work done as part of the scope of work.
  • Extra insurance: Include your costs of pollution protection insurance in the cost of the project.
  • Mileage: If you travel out of your county for work, you can be reimbursed for your mileage to and from the jobsite.

What project investigation company costs are reimbursable?

Grantee environmental investigation companies can be reimbursed for:

  • Work time: Get reimbursed for the cost of doing risk assessments and clearances on LSHP-enrolled properties.
  • Training: Build your company/crew of trained staff with the skills to complete full risk assessments and property clearances.
  • Mileage: If you travel out of your county for work, get reimbursed for your mileage to and from the jobsite.

About the LSHP

The LSHP is a Health Services Initiative with the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), otherwise known as Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus in Wisconsin. This program provides repairs to owner-occupied and rental properties to make them lead-safe. It is available to persons enrolled In Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus as a way to prevent lead poisoning. Families with children under the age of 19 and pregnant women may qualify for the program.

The program is administered by DHS and our local or regional grantees.

Meet the LSHP Team

Kristi Tennie

Kristi Tennie
Program Manager
608-692-8954

Kristi oversees the all the moving parts of the LSHP. Kristi brings more than 20 years of experience in environmental health monitoring, in both the public and private sectors. She has a master’s in Public Health-Public Policy and Administration.

 

Harry Dettinger

Harold "Harry" Dettinger
Strategic Communications Specialist
608-628-6178

Harry will be building the workforce of contractors and consultants (i.e., risk assessors) by building relationships with a diverse set of program stakeholders, including: local health and housing agencies, state organizations, homeowners, rental property owners, lead abatement contractors, lead risk assessments, trainer providers, the general public and general construction tradespeople. Harry brings to the table a background in contracting, largely in the Madison area, creative marketing skills and app development.

 

Salena Kindschu

Salena "Sal" Kindschuh
Financial Specialist
608-504-0374

Sal will be monitoring property interest surveys, transferring properties to administrative grantees, processing applications and enrollments into the DHS LSHP program, and handling grantee invoices and expenses associated with relocation of occupants while work is being done. Sal comes to us from the United Kingdom, and has a background in international banking experience.

 

Zach Kroening

Zachary " Zach" Kroening
Environmental Health Specialist (Northeast Wisconsin)
608-698-6387

Zach has been an environmental health specialist for Sauk, Brown, and Washington/Ozaukee counties over the past six years. His duties included restaurant, hotel, pool, and tattoo inspection as well as conducting lead hazard investigations. Zach will be working in the NE region of Wisconsin

 

Sean Rhee

Seung Heon "Sean" Rhee
Grants Specialist
608-709-6243

Sean brings experience in administering grants and contracts with a variety of organizations in both the public and private sectors. Sean is originally from the Republic of Korea and has a master’s degree in social work bringing perspective in working with families.

 

Matt Winkler

Matthew " Matt" Winkler
Environmental Health Specialist (Southeast Wisconsin)
608-692-5091

Matt will inspect regulated asbestos and lead work sites and assure compliance with state administrative codes, conduct risk assessments and clearances for LSHP, review and approve LSHP scopes of work, monitor LSHP job sites, and provide technical assistance to LSHP partners. Matt’s background that is especially relevant to his work in the LSHP is a public accounting background where he focused on domestic and international tax reporting and enforcement as a police officer.

 

Email the Lead-Safe Homes Program or call 608-267-9191.

Last Revised: September 13, 2021