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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
State of Michigan Application(214 KB)
News & Events
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.
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.