Nearly $7 million awarded to communities to expand residential lead hazard services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Oct. 9, 2018

CONTACT: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services awarded nearly $7 million in grants to expand residential lead hazard control services to eligible households with a Medicaid-enrolled resident.

Funding is provided through Michigan’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. Grants of up to $1.5 million were available for qualifying cities, counties or consortiums to provide lead hazard control services. Awarded grantees include:

Grantee Name                             Target Area                       Amount Awarded

City of Battle Creek*                     Calhoun County                     $1,500,000
City of Grand Rapids*                   Kent County                           $1,500,000
Human Development                    Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac         $   962,807
Commission*                                and Lapeer counties       
City of Detroit                               Detroit                                      $1,274,300
City of Muskegon                         Muskegon County                    $   880,005
Community Action Agency           Lenawee County                      $   845,695

*Previous grantee in Fiscal Year 2018. Contract renewed for Fiscal Year 2019

Activities must be completed by Sept. 30, 2019. Services available for funding under this initiative include, but are not limited to the following efforts:

  • Lead inspection, risk assessment and/or elevated blood lead investigation activities to determine the presence of lead hazards.
  • Permanent removal, enclosure or encapsulation of lead-based paint and lead dust hazards from eligible residences.
  • Removal or covering of soil lead hazards up to eligible residence property lines.
  • Minimal rehabilitation to the extent the work will extend the life of the lead abatement work done.
  • Removal of pre-2014 faucets and fixtures used for human consumption, plumbing and/or service lines deemed to be a lead hazard.
  • Temporary relocation of residents during lead abatement activities.
  • Building local capacity to safely and effectively abate lead hazards.

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