SmartOakland District 4 Lead Predictive Location Interactive Data Maps Available to Teams
This is what the maps look like. After you purchase you data map it will take about 24 hours to send you a link via email that you open, create a login and password, then you can see the map via an Internet browser or on your mobile device.
If it's on your phone, it's pretty handy because the maps use your GPS location, (if you have Location Services turned on in your phone settings) so you can get real-time navigational guidance about which housing units to avoid and which are certified as lead-safe through scientific testing.
The pinwheels represent clusters of housing units where red means this location was built between 1900-1978 and from what we've found so far, there are no records of lead abatement projects being conducted at this location. Green dots represent units where Alameda County Healthy Homes Lead Poisoning Prevention Program have gone in and conducted lead mitigation projects in order to make the property lead-safe. They do that using Federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants that pay landlords to clean up their properties if they apply and are qualified to receive those funds.
ACHHD has done years of great work helping clean up our environment with limited funds and resources, but as you can see by the number of red dots even in 1 district, the existing funding available through government grants do to begin to address the scale of risk and need for the constituency to get lead out of all of these housing units for their health, property values, and our shared environments.
As you zoom into these maps in front of your computer, you can use Google Street Map view to virtually walk along the street looking at housing no matter what time of day, so you can get a feel of what's going on around you and what you plan to do about it.
In many cases you may look at a data red dot then look at the house via Google Street Maps (if you choose to stay at home to walk the neighborhood vs. walking around in person with the dots on your phone guiding you to each location) you may note the house look beautiful from the outside. That will happen and we'd appreciate your reporting on the shape of houses because this predictive is not perfect now but will improve over time as users contribute their own personal view of this data to our models. This could also mean they repainted recently, which is good except that doesn't necessarily take care of the lead leaching into the environment.
You can spin around 360 degrees to see both sides of the street and possibly see peeling lead paint from you couch that you can report to us so we can note that location as one that should be tested. There are over 230,000 housing units in Oakland so think of this as a large crowdsourcing effort to tag our housing inventory and get a current list of things that need to be checked out. There aren't enough humans to do this much checking on buildings. We need to spread it out and have people focus on their own little areas and all reports results back in then we'll know where to focus resources first.
Remember, we are not confirming or stating that red dots equal unsafe housing. We are saying that there is no system in place to identify whether older housing is safe and you cannot always see things that pose a problem. Because there are so many older housing units in Oakland, about 80% are 40 years or more in age, the standard approach is to assume they need to be scientifically proven safe to know that they are. The only way to prove safety is with an EPA Certified XRF scan. See our PLAN TO GET THE LEAD OUT OF OAKLAND to see a description for the XRF scan.