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Detroit awarded $9.7M to address lead-based hazards

By: - September 26, 2019 12:19 pm

A federal department is awarding Detroit with a $9.7 million grant to address lead-based hazards in the community, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) announced Thursday.

U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence | Andrew Roth

“This funding is critical to protect children in Detroit from the hazards of lead poisoning” as “lead remains a challenge for the city,” Lawrence said in a statement.

The Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant is being provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH). The OLHCHH enforces lead-based paint regulations, provides public outreach, conducts studies, and provides funds for state and local governments to develop better, more cost-effective methods of reducing lead-based paint hazards.

In December, the city of Flint received $2.2 million from HUD for lead paint removal.

In the statement, Lawrence says her fight to increase the OLHCHH’s budget from her seat on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee resulted in a total budget of $290 million for the 2020 fiscal year.

Whitmer said in a statement her “number one priority is protecting our kids and our overall public health. …This important funding will help us protect our kids and build a stronger, healthier Michigan.”

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Laina G. Stebbins
Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins is a former Michigan Advance reporter. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service.