The Comprehensive Lead Education, Reduction and Window Replacement Program (CLEAR-Win) was established by Public Act 95- 492 as a pilot program and continues with legislative requirements and funding allocation under Public Act 100-0461 and 410 ILCS 43, Title 77 Administrative Code 843. CLEAR-Win aims to assist residential property owners to reduce lead paint and leaded plumbing hazards in qualified homes throughout Illinois by way of window replacement and remediation of other sources of lead.
Childhood lead exposure is potentially devastating, but entirely preventable. It is one of the top environmental threats to children’s health in the United States. Most children are exposed to lead in their own homes via lead dust from deteriorated lead-based paint surfaces, such as windows, and when lead paint is disturbed through home renovation and repainting. Windows are considered a higher lead exposure risk more often than other components in a housing unit due to the contribution of lead dust in the home from both weathering conditions and friction effects on paint.
The CLEAR-Win Program is committed to protecting Illinois children from lead exposure. Our grant partnership with qualified statewide local agencies will assist in reaching residential property owners and eliminating lead hazards in the homes through window replacement and remediation of other sources of lead. Residential communities will benefit from an increase in home market values, improve energy bills, create local construction jobs and enforce lead-safe work practices. Together we can eliminate lead hazards in the homes, increase the number of lead-safe homes in Illinois, reduce the financial burden of lead mitigation for low-income residential property owners and reduce childhood lead exposures.
Assistance may be approved for Illinois owner-occupied properties when:
- the property contains a lead hazard;
- the property is a child-occupied property (a child under age 6 years of age is on the property an average of at least 6 hours per week), a child-care facility, or the residence of a pregnant woman; and
- the owner is low-income (at or below 80% of the median income level for a given county, as determined annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development).
Assistance may be approved for Illinois rental properties when:
- the property contains a lead hazard; and
- 50% or more of the renters in the residential property are low-income.
The property owner must certify that they will continue to rent to the same tenant or other low-income tenant for a period of not less than five years following the completion of the work.
Assistance may also be approved for any residence that is subject to a Lead Mitigation Notice or Order issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health or its delegate.
Contact one of the CLEAR-Win grantee agencies to begin the application process:
Ford County Public Health Department:
235 N. Taft St. Paxton, IL 60957
Phone: (217) 379-9281
Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health CLEAR-Win Program
525 W. Jefferson St. 3rd Floor Springfield, IL 62761
Phone: (217) 782-3517