Effects of the HAO lead-based paint hazard standard

by James L. McDowell

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Describes the implementation of a recent regulation controlling lead-based paint hazards in the homes of allowance recipients in HUD's experimental housing allowance program. Analyzes the type, extent, cost, and validity of program-induced repairs, which affect all participants in the housing program. After considering the causes of lead poisoning and the history of its control, this study explains the housing allowance office's lead-based paint standard and shows how it complements the 37 other standards governing habitable space, essential domestic facilities, and health and safety hazards in enrollee homes. The study points out who is most affected by the lead-based paint standard, and what it costs to bring failed dwellings into compliance with the regulation.

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