Federal Aid Granted to Cut Lead Levels in Kent County Homes



The city of Grand Rapids in Kent County, Michigan, has received a $6.6 million check from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address lead paint in local homes. The funds will be used to deal with lead paint in 180 homes and assist businesses and individuals in obtaining lead abatement certification. Kent County, meanwhile, received $2.5 million to create a four-year lead abatement program for communities outside Grand Rapids.

Kent County and Grand Rapids Act to Reduce Lead Hazards in Homes

Kent County, Michigan, and its largest city, Grand Rapids, are focused on lowering lead risks in residential properties. This initiative will be funded by federal grants.

Grand Rapids is the recipient of a substantial $6.6 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This grant will be used to combat lead paint hazards in approximately 180 homes in Grand Rapids. Additionally, it will facilitate the certification of numerous individuals and businesses for proper lead abatement.

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said, “In Grand Rapids, most children get lead poisoning due to lead paint and hazards in the home. This is a significant problem we are addressing.”

On the other hand, Kent County received a $2.5 million grant for a four-year lead program. This program aims to benefit communities outside of Grand Rapids.

Kent County Commissioner Stan Stek stated, “We are excited about the potential of these additional funds. Our goal is to work together with local partners, including Grand Rapids, to enhance the health of all our residents.”

Lead paint was commonly used in homes until its ban in 1978.

Follow FOX 17: FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube

Read More US News