Flint Awarded 2.2 Million Federal Grant to Protect Flint Children from Lead Poisoning

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Grant Will Help to Identify and Remove Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Flint Homes

 

FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today announced that the city of Flint will be receiving a Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction grant to protect children and families from exposure to lead. The $2,299,437 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will fund a comprehensive program to identify and remove lead-based paint hazards in homes in Flint. Congressman Kildee has previously urged the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to award this grant funding to Flint.

 “There is no safe level of lead exposure and we should be doing everything we can to eliminate lead hazards from homes and neighborhoods,” said Congressman Kildee. “This federal grant will help the city of Flint expand programs to reduce lead and paint hazards in homes, as well as train dozens of Flint residents to be certified in lead remediation. I am proud to work with Mayor Weaver to bring these much-needed resources to Flint.”

 “I am excited that the city of Flint will be receiving another grant from HUD to address lead-based paint, allergens and safety issues in homes. This grant was something that my staff, led by the Chief Public Health Advisor, Chief Recovery Officer and Deputy Director of Economic Development, worked diligently to secure. This was important to us on a personal level. We know first-hand the dangers of lead poisoning and if there is anything we can do to prevent our children and families from ever experiencing it again on any level, from any source, we will do it. The grant funding will also be used to train residents and businesses to carry out lead hazard control activities. We are grateful to Secretary Carson and the HUD office of Lead Hazard Control and Health Homes for awarding this grant to the City of Flint,” said Mayor Weaver.

Lead exposure can seriously harm human health, particularly children under the age of six. Many homes in Flint were built before 1979, the year in which the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint.

 

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