Money from Grant to Help Make Homes in Flint Lead Free [Video]
Grant money coming to the City of Flint will help make family homes safer and healthier. According to ABC 12, the Flint/Genesee Green and Healthy Homes Initiative announced Monday they would receive $100,000 grant. The Lead Safe for Kids Sake grant will go to making sure homes in Flint are free of lead paint which can cause long-term health problems such as asthma.
The Genesee County Health Department handles multiple cases of lead poisoning and elevated lead levels in kids every year. Mark Valacak, director of the GCHD said “lead based pain wasn’t really banned in the United States until 1978, so homes built before that time frame have lead-based paint in them, and that’s most of the homes in the City of Flint.”
Flint Mayor Dayne Walling who learned of the grant at a recent mayor’s conference said “this will allow dozens of families’ homes to be inspected to make sure they’re dry, safe, they’re clean, they’re free of contamination” adding the funds could be stretched out to about 50 homes with the process beginning with a Healthy Home Assessment.
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