Lead-based paint poses substantial health risks to residents of homes these hazards have not been remediated. The federal government banned the residential use of lead-based paint, but more than 100,000 of today’s public housing buildings were constructed before that year, according to a recent Development of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Inspector General report.

In 2016, HUD launched an internal database it calls the Lead-Based Paint Response Tracker, which another Office of Inspector General report, the agency uses the database to “to track and monitor public housing agencies’ compliance with the Lead Safe Housing Rule”:

staff inputs potentially noncompliant developments identified by [the Real Estate Assessment Center] into the response tracking system and then the regional or field office program staff would obtain, evaluate, and input supporting documentation such as, evidence of a lead-based paint inspection or support showing that the development was exempt, and comments into the response tracker.

Our FOIA request 📄 to HUD seeks a full copy of the Lead-Based Paint Response Tracker, the documents it tracks, and all relevant database documentation.

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