The program offers a visual inspection for potential hazards, which includes allergen identification; asthma triggers; carbon monoxide dangers; hazardous materials storage; mold/moisture issues; ventilation problems; pests; radon infiltration; lead-based paint exposures; electrical/fire safety; and exterior hazards.
The inspections are designed to help owners/renters recognize situations in their home that could cause illness or injury. Families can learn what hazards are present and how to fix them.
There is a three-step process that includes a pre-inspection questionnaire, the environmental home assessment itself and a follow-up questionnaire 60 days after families are given their recommendations. The program does not provide remediation assistance, but only inspection results and recommendations.
To qualify, a family must own or rent a dwelling in one of 11 counties –- Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland -- and have someone 17 or younger living in the home. Residents must also be at or below 300 percent of federal poverty guidelines ($69,151 for a family of four).
For more information or to apply for the program, call 412-350-4048.