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Millions Awarded to Expand Lead Hazard Services
Michigan Ag Connection - 03/12/2018

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has awarded nearly $4 million in grants to expand residential lead hazard control services to eligible households with a Medicaid enrolled resident.

The funding was 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. Grantees are:

- City of Battle Creek, $1,500,000

- City of Grand Rapids, $1,500,000

- Human Development Commission, Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac and Lapeer counties, $962,807

Activities must be completed by Sept. 30, 2018. Services available for funding under this initiative include:

- 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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