In Case of Emergency

If a child has severe symptoms of lead poisoning,: such as vomiting or seizures, get immediate help by calling 911. If a child is Suspected of Being exposed to lead, make an Appointment with the child's health care provider or county health department To have a blood test done.

For Homeowners

The Get the Lead Out! program helps homeowners protect their children from lead poisoning. Lead hazards can be fixed before children are poisoned. Becoming lead-safe is good for your home in many ways, such as new windows, new siding or fresh paint!

 


 

Do you live in the City of Grand Rapids?

Many of the homes in Grand Rapids contain lead hazards that put children at risk. The Get the Lead Out! program provides loans and/or coverage for the repairs needed to ensure safe and lead-free homes.

If you meet all of the requirements listed below, you may qualify for the Get the Lead Out! program.

 

Here's how homeowners qualify:

 

 

Here's what homeowners can expect:

 

Households without a lead-poisoned child

  • Up to $16,000 in repairs
  • 50/50 matching loan with no interest
  • Monthly payments as low as $50

Get the Lead Out!, through the City of Grand Rapids Lead Hazard Control Program, provides up to $16,000 in repairs for households in the Target Area without a lead-poisoned child. This includes paint repair, new windows and other lead hazard elimination practices. 

The costs are paid through a 50/50 matching loan with no interest. This means for every dollar you pay, the City of Grand Rapids considers it two. Monthly payments start as low as $50 and last for up to 10 years. Once you have paid off half the costs, your liability for the loan is released. 

Your home may also be eligible for additional free repairs for health and safety items based on a full-home assessment. Call for more information. 

 

Households with a lead-poisoned child

  • Up to $20,000 in repairs
  • Payments deferred and may be forgiven

Get the Lead Out!, through the City of Grand Rapids Lead Hazard Control Program, provides up to $20,000 in repairs for households with a resident child whose blood lead test is 5 ug/dL or higher (venous). This includes paint repair, new windows and other lead hazard elimination practices. 

Your home may also be eligible for additional free repairs for health and safety items based on a full-home assessment. Call for more information. 

 

How to Apply

Call Healthy Homes Coalition at (616) 241-3300 or complete this intake form and email it to candace@healthyhomescoalition.org. If you would like to get started on your application package, it can be downloaded here.

 

Do you live outside of the City of Grand Rapids?

 

Statewide

The State of Michigan’s Lead Safe Home Program offers lead removal to any Michigan household with a child whose blood lead level is at least 5.0.  Households without a lead-poisoned child may also qualify. Call the Michigan Lead Safe Home Program at (866) 691-5323 or download an application here.

 

City of Wyoming

Lead inspections and removal are included in City of Wyoming’s Homeowner Housing Rehabilitation Program. Affordable home improvement loans are available for low- to moderate-income households. See more details.

Qualifications:

  • Live in City of Wyoming
  • Household income below 80% AMI

Call (616) 530-7266 to request a loan from the City of Wyoming Planning and Development Department.

 

Other Kent County Areas

Kent County Community Development can help homeowners in the City of Kentwood and other communities throughout Kent County. The Kent County Housing Rehabilitation Program offers deferred payment loans and grants for hazard abatement, including lead removal. See more details and how the program works.

Qualifications:

  • Live within Kent County, outside of Grand Rapids and Wyoming
  • Household income below 80% AMI 

Call the Kent County Community Development Department at (616) 632-7410 to complete a pre-application process by phone OR submit a pre-application online.

 

Muskegon County

Muskegon County Land Bank Authority has a Lead Hazard Reduction Program. Call (231) 724-1259 to see if your household qualifies.

 

Did You Know...

The City of Grand Rapids' Lead Hazard Control Program provides assistance eliminating lead hazards.

News & Events

Lead Poisoning Rate Rises for Second Year in a Row in Kent County

After a decade of decline, the number of lead-poisoned children in Kent County has risen for the second year in a row. Recent data released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) shows a 40 percent increase in lead-poisoned children in the 49507 zip code during the past two years.

According to the data, 617 Kent County children had elevated blood-lead levels in 2016 – the most recent year for which data is available.


Parents Meet to Discuss Rising Lead Poisoning Rates in 49507

Why lead poisoning is on the rise in Kent County, and particularly in Grand Rapids – and what can be done about it – was the subject of discussion and debate at the Oct. 30 event held at Dickinson Academy on Grand Rapids’ southeast side.

When Grand Rapids resident LyRee Adams’ young daughter tested positive for lead a decade ago, she later learned the poisoning likely occurred from lead-based paint flaking from windows in the home she was renting. She immediately got appropriate medical care for her daughter before the child was permanently harmed – and Adams also went directly to her landlord and worked with him to get the lead hazard out of the home.


Kent County Lead Poisoning Task Force Work Continues

The 16-member Kent County Lead Poisoning task force continues to meet to investigate ways in which the County can work towards elimination of lead poisoning