By: - October 25, 2019 11:25 am

Department of Health and Human Services | Susan J. Demas

The state Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $6.5 million in grants around the state to expand lead hazard services to eligible households with a Medicaid-enrolled resident. 

The grants are being provided by the Michigan Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and are being awarded to myriad cities, counties and nonprofit organizations around the state. 

As the Advance has previously reported, cities like Grand Rapids face lingering and costly problems related to lead contamination found in aging housing stock. 

Grand Rapids faces costly lingering lead crisis in homes

“We must be proactive in making sure lead hazards are removed from homes,” Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health, said in a statement. “These funds allow communities to prevent further lead exposure for our children who are at highest risk.”

The cities of Grand Rapids and Battle Creek were each awarded $1.3 million; Detroit received slightly less than $1.3 million. Other areas receiving grants were multiple counties in the Thumb area, Lenawee County and the city of Muskegon, according to DHHS. 

The grants can be used for multiple activities including lead inspection and risk assessment; permanent removal, enclosure or encapsulation of lead-based paint and lead dust hazards for eligible residences; and temporary relocation of residents during lead abatement activities.

These activities must be completed by Sept. 30, 2020.

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Nick Manes
Nick Manes

Nick Manes is a former Michigan Advance reporter, covering West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels.