LeadSAFE Hattiesburg


Located at Hattiesburg City Hall, the office is open Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Demetria Farve, LeadSAFE Hattiesburg Program Manager

200 Forrest Street
Post Office Box 1898
Hattiesburg, MS 39403-1898

Community Development Division Staff
Petra Wingo, Division Manager
Dequandra Johnson, Housing Coordinator
Kendrick Laster, Housing Inspector
Demetria Farve, LeadSAFE Hattiesburg Program Manager
Tonya Jordan, Neighborhood Coordinator
Sharon Newsom, Office Manager

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The LeadSAFE Hattiesburg program is a lead hazard reduction program for income-eligible residents who live within the city limits of Hattiesburg. The program aims to protect children and families from lead-based paint (LBP) hazards by using LBP hazard safety training, as well as interim controls and abatement.

  • Interim controls are measures intended to reduce exposure to lead-based paint and must be maintained in the future to prevent the hazards from returning.
  • Abatement is a set of measures intended to permanently eliminate LBP hazards.

Funded by a federal grant that provides financial assistance to low and moderate-income homeowners and rental property owners to reduce LBP hazards within the home, this program works toward making homes lead-safe for children and families.


As a part of the LeadSAFE Hattiesburg program, the City of Hattiesburg is working with Mississippi State University Environmental Programs to offer a variety of lead-based paint (LBP) hazard safety training courses. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has specific certification requirements for renovators and other contractors. Through these course offerings, you can obtain certification and meet the EPA’s requirements.

Certifications and course dates available through this program, include:

  • Lead Inspector | September 26 – 28
  • Lead Assessor | September 28 – 29
  • Lead Abatement Worker | October 18 – 19

These courses are offered at no cost to the participant, but spots are limited.

Course Requirements:

To register for a course, participants must have a High School Diploma or GED, reside within the city limits of Hattiesburg and must not exceed income limits for HUD. For registration information and additional details, contact the LeadSAFE Hattiesburg program at 601-554-1006.


The LeadSAFE Hattiesburg program is a lead hazard reduction program for income-eligible residents who live within the city limits of Hattiesburg. Participation in the program requires a paint inspection of the property to determine the presence of lead-based paint hazards. The following questions will be used to determine eligibility:

  • Do you own or rent your home? (Either may qualify.)
  • Is the home located in the city limits of Hattiesburg?
  • Is there a child six years of age or under and/or a pregnant woman occupying the home at least six hours per week?
  • Was the home built before 1978?
  • Are property taxes current or past due? Certain past due amounts may qualify.
  • Does the household meet HUD income requirements?


Household SizeMaximum Income
1 Person$35,200
2 Persons$40,200
3 Persons$45,250
4 Persons$50,250
5 Persons$54,300
6 Persons$58,300
7 Persons$62,350
8 Persons$66,350

*Income cannot exceed limits above