Lansing, Ingham County Receive Lead Grant
Lead contamination has received a lot of attention in recent months, thanks to governmental failures in Flint when it comes to its residents' water supply. but, water supplies are not the only place that lead levels are dangerous to people. Because of this, the City of Lansing and Ingham County have received a federal grant to address its lead issues...in structures and homes.
The Lansing State Journal reports that the federal Housing and Urban Development department has granted the local area $2.3 million to remove lead from area homes. It's all a part of HUD's Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration. The funds are earmarked for 150 propreties in Lansing, most of them rental units. Dwellings built before 1978 are likely to contain lead in the paint used in those homes.
Staggering statistics accompany the LSJ article. 2014 statistics from the Ingham County Health Department state that 103 Lansing children under age 6 tested with high blood levels of lead. The ICHD also says that 90 to 95 percent of the children with poisonous lead levels live within the Lansing City Limits; 70 percent of those kids live in rentals; 60 percent are refugee children.
Local funds from ICHD and other community organizations will chip in an additional $775,000+ to assist in the lead removal efforts.