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Posted on: November 8, 2018

City awarded second year of lead control funds

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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


As part of the Calhoun County Medicaid CHIP Lead Safe Program, the following are activity highlights from the 2017-2018 program year:

  • Completed four lead abatement projects, all in Battle Creek.
  • Have five more projects in progress, one in Battle Creek and four in the county.
  • Conducted 15 Lead Inspection Risk Assessments within the county.
  • Received 50 applications.
  • Completed field investigations of 54 housing units with lead exposure.
  • Recruited eight contractors to become lead-certified and developed relationships with currently certified contractors.
  • Began a major lead abatement project for SAFE Place, impacting hundreds of children by eliminating lead hazards in 18 units.
  • Assisted the county Public Health Department with the permanent relocation of a family with two lead-poisoned children, one whose levels required hospitalization.
  • Reached over 150 individual households with initial outreach measures.
  • Began to develop partnerships with local wrap-around agencies like Early Child Connections and MDHHS Foster Care.
  • Presented information on LSP across the county to municipalities, nonprofits, and community organizations.
  • Participated in events -- Battle Creek City Fair, Albion Healthy Babies Day.

For the new year of funding, 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.

City Lead Safe Program information
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