May 11, 2018

Protect Your Children - Get Rid of Dangerous Lead Paint in Your Home

If you live in the City of Grand Rapids – and especially if your home was built before 1978 – read this: You probably have lead in the paint inside and outside your home. Lead is bad – especially for kids, babies and pregnant women. It causes brain damage and learning disabilities.

If you live in the City of Grand Rapids – and especially if your home was built before 1978 – read this: You probably have lead in the paint inside and outside your home. Lead is bad – especially for kids, babies and pregnant women. It causes brain damage and learning disabilities.

Lead poisoning can be prevented. There’s HUD funding to remove lead paint SAFELY through a program known locally as Get the Lead Out!

Recently, the program was simplified, making participation free for eligible homeowners. The program is available to renters, homeowners and landlords who meet certain eligibility requirements. This is a great opportunity to improve your home and make it healthier. Repairs typically include new windows and siding.

Sometimes people will attempt to remove lead paint by themselves – scraping and removing the paint – but that can be dangerous and make a bad situation worse. Highly trained contractors work to make homes lead-safe through the Get the Lead Out! program. Think about it: just a week or two to improve your home and, most important, to help the people who live in it!

REMEMBER: Fixing the home is free whether owner- or renter-occupied. If you have children and they haven’t been tested for lead, the program will help you get them tested.

RENTERS, HOMEOWNERS, LANDLORDS: If you live in and / or own a home in the city of Grand Rapids, contact the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan at (616) 241-3300 or go to gettheleadoutgr.org to learn more. Or, contact the city of Grand Rapids Community Development Department at 616-456-3030. The HUD funding, and the timeframe to participate, is limited.