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

$24 Million in New Funds for Fixing Michigan Homes

The State of Michigan announced in November that it would be receiving a Medicaid waiver allowing it to spend  nearly $24 million a year for the next five years on fixing lead hazards in homes. To be eligible, the home must be occupied by a Medicaid enrolled child with an elevated blood lead level. However, dollars can be used  for primary prevention in the City of Flint and in other "target communities" to be identified by the State. Get the Lead Out! partners in Grand Rapids are working to bring those dollars to Kent County.

 


Kent County Lead Poisoning Task Force Welcomes Public Participation

Late last year, the Kent County Board of Commissioners appointed a 16 member task force to investigate ways in which the County can work towards elimination of lead poisoning. That task force has been meeting monthly since January, taking testimony from a variety of subject matter experts.

 


Get the Lead Out! Steering Committee Making Headway

A Steering Committee was formed to help guide the work of the Get the Lead Out! Collaborative following the group's meeting in January. The Steering Committee has met twice since then and is working toward a larger, more impactful gathering in the future.