Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has a Lead-Safe Home Program
The Lead Safe Home Program offers lead testing and lead hazard control services to qualifying families through grants. Call MDHHS (866) 691-5323 or download the application packet to learn more — in (PDF) or the fillable version in Word.
You may qualify if you:
- Have a child under 6 or a pregnant female living in the home
- Are a low-to-moderate income family
- Live in a home built before 1978
- Live in the counties of Bay, Calhoun, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, – Kalamazoo, Macomb, Oakland, or the city of Detroit, OR elsewhere if your child has a lead level of 5 or above
- Own or rent the home
Contractors can apply to be a LSHP vendor. Download an application here.
Detroit Water is Safe To Drink
We recently linked to the story from WXYZ, and a sizeable water main break in Detroit caught news. Gary Brown informed some activists who complained about water quality that testing would require a $75 fee for independent contractors whom GWLA is working with. Knowing the financial strength in many Detroit households isn’t able to support a $75 fee we’re hooking you up with information about the Lead-Safe Home Program above. Apply for a grant – you’re in the targeted communities.
Please note that for water to be considered safe it can’t tip beyond a threshold. No amount of lead is safe in the water. According to the EPA’s Lead & Copper Rule
If lead concentrations exceed an action level of 15 ppb or copper concentrations exceed an action level of 1.3 ppm in more than 10% of customer taps sampled, the system must undertake a number of additional actions to control corrosion.
There will be homes that are not in the 10% of homes tested, which have elevated levels not captured. MDEQ’s testing in Flint was of 62 homes in a community of 100,000. There’s been controversy over how the homes were selected and more. This is one of the reasons resignations were requested of Dany Wyant and Brad Wurfel. The papers pushed out by the office bumped the number up as shown by the Flint Water Study.
The City of Flint has requested that all children under 6 years of age regularly have their Blood Lead Levels (BLL) tested.
If your child has a blood lead level at or above 10ug/dl, take preventive measures.
EPA’s Is there lead in my drinking water pamphlet
EPA guidance on creating public education documents for community water systems