When we work with homeowners on energy upgrades, we also have the opportunity to create a safer, healthier home environment.
While lead exposure has health implications for all people, the effects are especially concerning among infants and children under age six. To protect children from lead we work with child care providers, specifically focusing on home-based child care centers throughout the Midwest.
We’re currently accepting new participants for our preventative lead abatement program, which is eligible to home-based child care providers in Chicago. The program removes lead paint hazards in the home at no cost. Fill out an application here!
Lead Abatement Experience: CLEAR-WIN
Elevate administered the State of Illinois’s Comprehensive Lead Education, Reduction, and Window Replacement (CLEAR-WIN) program from 2011-2014. The program replaced windows, a major source of lead hazards for children. Opening a window that has worn paint on and around the window frame can create hazardous dust when consumed or inhaled.
The program replaced windows in Englewood and West Englewood, where there are older houses and apartments that are more likely to have paint that contains high levels of lead. On average, residents gave the program high marks, reporting that they were very satisfied with the window replacement work (87% of homes). Learn more about the CLEAR-WIN program (PDF).