The HUD has been awarded over $15.2 million across the state of Michigan – all for the fight against lead exposure.
In southwest Detroit, one area has been granted a $9.7 million grant to fight lead exposure in homes. The “Opportunity Zone” in question is zip code 48209 due to its high percentage of old housing stock, poverty rate, and low income communities.
“We are committed to improving the lives of all families, especially children, by creating safer and healthier homes,” said Secretary Ben Carson. “One of HUD’s priorities is protecting families from lead-based paint and other health hazards. These grants will help states, tribes, and local communities do precisely that.”
Detroit’s Chief Public Health Officer, Denise Fair claims that 90% of lead poisoning cases come from old homes with peeling lead paint. This can be easily accessible to children who can chip off the paint from the walls, leaving them vulnerable to lead exposure.
“So with this funding, the Detroit health department will expand our primary prevention efforts in the community, with door-to-door outreach education, and also in-home lead testing,” said Fair.
The program aims to target 450 households in the area which exhibit low-income and owner-occupied with young children. In addition, an assessment of 120 housing units for “healthy homes” are to be done as well.
Other areas in Michigan received funding as well wherein Grand Rapids received $4.2 million, and Warren almost $1.3 million.
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