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 Landlords

The Get the Lead Out! program helps landlords protect their investments. Making your rental property lead-safe through this program will not only include free repairs to your units, but also reduces your exposure to potential lawsuits for lead poisoning.  



Have rental property in the City of Grand Rapids?

Many of the homes in Grand Rapids contain lead hazards that must be addressed. The Get the Lead Out! program provides a free lead inspection/risk assessment of your property and offers zero-interest, deferred loans with low co-pays for the repairs needed to ensure lead-free units that are up to code.

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


Here's how landlords qualify:



Here's what landlords can expect:

  • Up to $14,000 in repairs for one unit properties
  • Up to $18,000 in repairs for 2 - 4 unit properties
  • 10 - 15 percent co-pay ($300 minimum) 

Get the Lead Out!, through the City of Grand Rapids Lead Hazard Control Program, provides up to $14,000 for one unit properties and $18,000 for two to four unit properties. You are responsible for a 10 to 15 percent co-pay with a minimum co-pay of $300. For a period of up to five years you must comply with program marketing, rent restrictions, and tenant selection requirements. However, these requirements can usually be met within 36 months. 

“Family friendly" vacant units may also qualify. Family friendly units are:

  • One or more bedrooms,
  • Located within easily walkable access to child-friendly outdoor green/playspace, and
  • Not located above a late-night entertainment establishments (noise after 8 PM).

Your rental units 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

Angela Weston at the Rental Property Owners Association can assist landlords with the application process and provide training for lead safe work practices. Email Angela at or call her at (616) 454-3385.

When you contact Angela, she will need you to complete this intake form. If you would like to get started on your application package, you can download an application for rental property owners here, as well as the paperwork needed to qualify your tenants.

Did You Know...

Lead-based paint and lead dust in the home is the cause of nine out of ten the cases of lead poisoning in children in Kent County, Michigan.


Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home(1.5 MB)

Landlords and tenants must receive the booklet "Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home."  This is the same booklet required for disclosure when renting pre-1978 rental units.  For more information on disclosure, click here.

News & Events

Kent County Lead Task Force Hears from Leading Specialists

Four experts in the area of lead poisoning provided detailed presentations to the Kent County Lead Task Force on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Board Chair Jim Saalfeld formed the Lead Task Force in September 2016 to investigate the issue and seek solutions to lead poisoning in children. Healthy Homes Coalition Executive Director Paul Haan serves on the task force.

Governor Appoints Healthy Homes Coalition Executive Director to Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board

GRAND RAPIDS – Governor Snyder appointed Paul Haan, Executive Director of the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, and Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss to the newly formed Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board created by Executive Order on June 10.

“It is an honor to be asked to serve in this important role,” said Haan. “We have a 15 year history of effectively fighting childhood lead poisoning in west Michigan, and I look forward to leveraging that knowledge in service to all the children of Michigan. Our goal will be to help focus this work on solving the root environmental causes of lead poisoning, including lead-based paint, lead-laden soil, and tainted water. It’s not enough to just test and treat kids. We have to get at the source.”

Healthy Homes and KCHD Seek Answers to 30% Increase in Lead Poisoned Kids in GR in 2015

On March 14, 2016, the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan and the Kent County Health Department (KCHD) spoke with representatives from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to begin exploring why there was a 30% increase in the number of children with elevated blood lead test results in Kent County in 2015. In 2014 there were 470 children with blood lead levels ≥5.0 ug/dL* in Kent County. In 2015, that number rose dramatically to 610 children. The initial request on that day was to review historical data to identify potential abnormalities related to WIC testing sites in the City of Grand Rapids, geography (zip codes), and time of year (quarter).