Residents can have lead-based paint hazards remediated from their homes at NO COST through a special grant program being operated by the City of Flint and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Under the leadership of Mayor Sheldon Neeley, the City of Flint launched the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control program in July 2020. Up to $15,000 worth of work will be done for free in up to 70 homes for qualifying homeowners, renters and landlords.
“We know all too well the dangers of lead. We must do everything within our power to protect our families from exposure to lead from any and every source. This comprehensive program is a unique opportunity to remove the danger of exposure from lead-based paints,” Mayor Sheldon Neeley said. “We will continue to move our city forward and take full use of any opportunities to improve the health, safety, and welfare of our residents.”
Work will be done by certified lead-based paint abatement contractors who will be overseen by Flint’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control program staff. Abatement work could include repairing paint, windows, doors, aluminum trim and porch floor coverings.
Congressman Dan Kildee helped secure $2.2 million for Flint in 2018 as part of comprehensive efforts to reduce and eliminate lead exposure to residents inside the City of Flint. Mayor Neeley’s operational audit showed no homes had yet received the home improvements. He ordered a reorganization and launched the program to ensure this valuable opportunity is made available to residents.
The City of Flint Office of Public Health is now working in conjunction with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Greater Flint Health Coalition to implement the program.
While often overlooked, lead-based paint can create a significant environmental hazard. It was widely used in homes built before 1978, when the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint.
When the paint ages, it cracks and peels, leading to paint chips and dust. Dust and chips from lead-based paint can get into the air in a home as well as the soil of the property.
Lead exposure can seriously harm human health, particularly children under the age of 6.
In order for a home to be considered for home lead abatement, the following requirements must be met:
- Home built before 1978.
- Household includes children under the age of 6 or an expectant mother.
- Property taxes are or will be paid. If uncertain, contact us.
- If the home is a rental property, the landlord must agree to rent the unit at affordable housing rates for 3 years after lead abatement is completed.
- Household qualifies as moderate- to low-income (based on HUD guidelines, defined as earnings that are 80% or less than the area median income). See the chart below for maximum earnings based on family size.
- For more details on income requirements, visit https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il/il2022/2022summary.odn