Detroit Focused on the Health of its Children

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Children are the hope of our future and the City of Detroit wants them to be healthy. Part of that commitment is to make sure they have a healthy place to live, free of hazards such as lead-based paint. Since 2004, Detroit has addressed lead-based paint hazards in 500 households through the use of grants issued in part by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.

Their successful administration of the lead-based paint hazard reduction program has paid off leading the way to a second $4 million grant, which was presented on Friday the 13th to community officials and members. The 2007 HUD lead-based paint hazard reduction demonstration grant will address 224 housing units in the City of Detroit. The City leveraged this grant with its Community Development Block Grant funds and fund from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. The City has embraced the goals of eliminating lead-paint poisoning by 2010 and has a proven model program in place. Grants are available to homeowners and landlords.

So serious is Detroit's promise to remove lead dangers, the Wayne County Prosecutor's office has stepped up to prosecute landlords who are unwilling to eliminate/remediate lead paint hazards in their rental properties.

Healthy Children Live in Lead Free Homes.

[Photo 1: Group picture]
Left to Right - William Ridella, Deputy Director Department of Health & Wellness Promotion Jannie Warren, General Manager, Housing Services Division, Planning and Development Department Christine Beatty, chief of Staff for Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Lana Vacha, Director, Detroit Field Office (Podium) at the Butzel Center.
[Photo 2: Group picture]
Left to Right - Kym Worthy, Wayne County Prosecutor, Lana Vacha, Detroit Field Office Director, Christine Beatty, Chief of Staff to Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick hold the BIG HUD check for $4 million.
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