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Contact:

Paul Haan
Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan
(616) 241-3300 x301
(616) 734-9443 - 24 Hour Contact Number
paul@healthyhomescoalition.org

 

Press Releases

 

June 16, 2017
Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss proclaims June “Healthy Homes Month” in Grand Rapids 
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(Click here for copy of the Proclamation)

City of Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss has issued a Mayoral Proclamation declaring June 2017 as “Healthy Homes Month.” Nationally, June also has been designated “Healthy Homes Month” by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

“When the City and its partners invest in housing, there is a significant return on investment for the community in terms of healthcare savings and improved quality of life. Fixing housing saves money and it saves lives,” says Paul Haan, executive director of the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan and gubernatorial appointee to the State of Michigan’s Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission. 

 

June 7, 2017
City of Grand Rapids and Other Community Partners Aim to Make 50 Homes Lead-Safe This Summer (260 KB)

People wearing bright red t-shirts are canvasing some of the neighborhoods and festivals in Grand Rapids starting this June – but they’re not stumping for a political candidate: They’re hoping that homes in the city will Get the Lead Out! Armed with free lead-testing kits and brochures, these team members from the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan are letting people know about federal funds available to make lead abatement possible. 

 

July 20, 2016
City of Grand Rapids Receives $2.9 Million to Reduce Childhood Lead Poisoning
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced June 20, 2016 that the City of Grand Rapids will receive $2.9 million to help reduce childhood lead poisoning by eliminating lead paint hazards in housing. 

The HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes is making the award through the 2016 Lead Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program. The three-year grant will support the City’s Lead Hazard Control Program operated by the Community Development Department.  The grant also provides Healthy Homes funding to concurrently address other home health and safety hazards. The City’s partners include the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, the Kent County Health Department, LINC Community Revitalization, Inc., and the Rental Property Owners Association.

 

September 15, 2014
Get the Lead Out! Press Kit
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Get the Lead Out! - now in 10th year - announces deadline for applications to make GR homes lead safe. To be considered for the funding, applications should be received by Dec. 1, 2014. Press kit contains: press release, fact sheet, media sources, images, b-roll, additional reports and resources.

 

In the News

 

November 2016 - Inside Michigan’s push to eliminate child lead poisoning (WOOD-TV 8)

August 2016 - Lead poisoning up in kids: Surge in remodeling, rental demand blamed for spike (Mlive)

 

August 2016 - Target 8: Poison paint jobs still endangering GR kids (WOOD TV-8)

 

July 2016 - $2.9M grant to strip lead-based paint from GR homes (WOOD TV-8)

 

July 2016 - Grand Rapids receives grant to remove lead paint from homes (FOX-17)

July 2016 - $2.9M lead removal grant coming to Grand Rapids (Mlive)

July 2016 - Snyder names West Michigan leaders to lead poisoning board (Grand Rapids Business Journal)

June 2016 - Kent County sees 30 percent increase in childhood lead exposure (WGVU Radio)

June 2016 - GR mayor among members of new lead exposure task force (WGVU Radio)

June 2016 - Critics: MI lead remediation underfunded (WKAR)

March 2016 - More kids in Grand Rapids 'are being poisoned by lead' (Mlive)

March 2016 - As more children are poisoned by lead in Grand Rapids, community advocates work for change (Rapid Growth)

 

March 2016 - Child lead poisoning cases rise in Grand Rapids (WOOD TV-8)

 

March 2016 - Lead poisoning cases on the rise in Grand Rapids (FOX-17)

 

March 2016 - Lead paint poisons Grand Rapids children (WZZM-13)

 

February 2016 - Target 8: Lead safety scofflaws endanger kids (WOOD TV-8)

January 2016 - Kids' Lead Levels High in Many Michigan Cities (Detroit News)

January 2016 - Need To Get The Lead Out In GR! Older Homes Hold The Biggest Threat (Grand Rapids Times)

January 2016 - Healthy Homes Coalition discusses possible lead sources (WZZM-13)

 

January 2016 - Lead poisoning in W. MI: ‘It’s not something in the past’ (WOOD TV-8)

 

December 2015 - Data shows even higher lead poisoning in kids in West Michigan than Flint (FOX-17)

December 2015 - Far from Flint, lead remains an irreversible scourge (Bridge)

March 2015 - Federal and local money work to stop lead poisoning in city (Grand Rapids Business Journal)

 

October 2014 - Lead poisoning prevention as economic development (The Rapidian)

September 2014 - Getting the word out about Get the Lead Out (Michigan Radio)

 

From WYCE: 

September 2014 - Catalyst Radio: Grants available through Healthy Homes Coalition get lead contamination out of homes (WYCE via The Rapidian)

September 2014 - Get the Lead Out! (WZZM-13)

September 2014 - 'Get the Lead Out': Program to help families make homes safe (Fox 17)

September 2014 - Grants available to remove lead poisoning in Grand Rapids homes (Mlive)


Publications

Get the Lead Out! Program Brochure (524 KB)

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.

Did You Know...

Lead from paint, dust and soil is dangerous and can poison children if not managed properly.

News & Events

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


$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.