LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services awarded more than $6.5 million in grants to expand residential lead hazard control services to eligible households with a Medicaid-enrolled resident.

The City of Muskegon will receive $880,005 for use in Muskegon County.

“We must be proactive in making sure lead hazards are removed from homes,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health. “These funds allow communities to prevent further lead exposure for our children who are at highest risk.”

Funding is provided through Michigan’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. Grants of up to $1.5 million were available for qualifying cities, counties or consortiums to provide lead hazard control services. Awarded grantees include:

Other grantees are (including target area and amount awarded:

City of Battle CreeK, Calhoun County, $1,300,000.

City of Grand Rapids, Kent County, $1,300,000

Human Development Commission, Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac, Lapeer and Bay counties, $962,807.

City of Detroit, Detroit, $1,274,300

Community Action Agency, Lenawee County, $845,695.

Activities must be completed by Sept. 30, 2020. Services available for funding under this initiative include, but are not limited to, the following efforts:

Lead inspection, risk assessment and/or elevated blood lead investigation activities to determine the presence of lead hazards.

Permanent removal, enclosure or encapsulation of lead-based paint and lead dust hazards for eligible residences.

Removal or covering of soil lead hazards up to eligible residence property lines.

Minimal rehabilitation to help sustain the lead abatement work.

Removal of pre-2014 faucets and fixtures used for human consumption, plumbing and/or service lines deemed to be a lead hazard.

Temporary relocation of residents during lead abatement activities.

Building local capacity to safely and effectively abate lead hazards.