More than $7 million awarded to communities to expand residential lead hazard services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 12, 2020
Contact: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112

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

“These funds are helping communities be proactive in making sure lead hazards are removed from homes,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health. “The program’s purpose is to prevent further lead exposure for our children who are at highest risk.”

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                                     $1,000,000

Human Development                   Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac                   $1,062,900
Commission                                 Lapeer and Bay counties

City of Detroit                               Detroit                                                $1,274,300

City of Muskegon                         Muskegon County                              $880,100

Community Action Agency           Lenawee and Hillsdale counties        $1,035,300

Menominee-Delta-Schoolcraft      Menominee, Delta,                             $500,000
Community Action Agency           Schoolcraft, Iron, Dickinson
                                                      and Alger counties

Activities must be completed by Sept. 30, 2021. 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 for eligible residences.
  • Removal or covering of soil lead hazards up to eligible residence property lines.
  • Minimal rehabilitation to help sustain the lead abatement work.
  • 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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