The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has awarded nearly $7 million to communities around Michigan to expand residential lead hazardous services.

Grand Rapids and Muskegon will receive over $2.3 million.

Grand Rapids will receive $1.5 million and Muskegon will receive $880,005. Battle Creek will also receive $1.5 million.

Grant money will be used for:

  • 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.

Funding is provided through Michigan’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. Grants of up to $1.5 million were available for qualifying cities and counties. Only households with a Medicaid-enrolled resident are eligible to receive the services.