Lead Safe Lansing

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ABOUT LEAD SAFE LANSING
Lead Safe Lansing offers grants of up to $16,000 to remediate lead-based paint hazards from homes and rental units occupied by children and pregnant women, and to vacant units that will be affirmatively marketed as family-friendly, lead-safe rentals.

The current Lead Safe Lansing grant period is December 14, 2016 through December 13, 2019.  It is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH).  The program will provide lead-based paint remediation to 150 housing units during this time.  The Program Director is Don Kulhanek.  You may reach him at  don.kulhanek@lansingmi.gov  or 517-483-4050.  The Program Manager is Barb Kimmel.  You may reach her at barb.kimmel@lansingmi.gov or 517-483-4053.
 
ENROLL YOUR HOME
The following are requirements of the Lead Safe Lansing Program:
 

  • Home or rental unit must be built prior to 1978
  • Must have a pregnant woman or child under age 6 residing in the unit, or  a child under age 6 visiting regularly
  • Vacant rental units qualify for Lead Safe Lansing as well
  • Be current on mortgage, homeowners insurance and property taxes
  • Occupants income must be below 80% of Area Median Income 

Maximum Gross Annual Household Income Limits         

Household Size 50% AMI 80% AMI
1 $23,000 $36,750
2 $26,250 $42,000
3 $29,550 $47,250
4 $32,800 $52,500
5 $35,450 $56,700
6 $38,050 $60,900
7 $40,700 $65,100
8 $43,300 $69,300

DANGERS OF LEAD-BASED PAINT
 If your home was built before 1978, it could contain lead-based paint.  The older your home is, the greater the chances of having lead-based paint or high levels of lead dust.

Lead paint that is in poor condition and peeling, crackled, chipping, chalking or applied to friction and impact surfaces (such as windows and doors)  creates lead dust.  Lead paint and dust cause serious health issues for small children and pregnant women.  

Exposure to lead can cause, learning and behavioral problems, problems with speech, language and hearing and damage to organs and more.  Lead dust can stick to childrens hands and toys and can be brought into the home from porches and soil around the home.  Lead dust is hard to see;  it can be found on window sills, window troughs and floors.  

HOW LEAD SAFE LANSING WORKS 
The Lead Safe Lansing Program offers grants to help remediate lead-based paint hazards in Lansing homes.  This program is available to home owners and rental property owners who meet qualification criteria.  Those who qualify can receive up to $16,000 for repairs designed to remediate lead-based paint hazards.  

Repairs may include replacing old wooden windows with new vinyl windows, vinyl siding and aluminum trim, covering porch floors and ceilings, and fresh paint!   

A professional environmental company will perform a non-invasive test of the property and identify lead paint hazards.  The cost of this test is covered by the grant.  The resulting report will contain recommendations that will guide the work that will be performed at your home.

The scope of work will be competitively bid to qualified contractors that are State Certified Lead Abatement Contractors.  These contractors are licensed, insured and experienced.

During work, specially trained and State Certified Lead Abatement Supervisors and Workers will make repairs using safe work practices including containment areas, that will keep lead dust from spreading throughout your home.   After work is completed they will clean to remove lead dust that remains.

Depending on where lead hazards are found, there may be several rooms that you will not have access to during the work.  If you can’t have access to a sleeping area, bathroom and cooking area you will be asked to relocate temporarily to a lead-safe unit for 5-7 days.  Grant funds are available to assist tenants with costs of temporary relocation.  

At the end of work, an independent  Clearance Test is performed by the environmental testing firm.  This test consists of lab-analyzed dust wipes and a visual inspection that determine whether the work areas are safe to re-occupy.  Once the passing results are received, you may re-occupy areas of work.

Development Office Remediation/Rehabilitation Specialists will also monitor and inspect work to ensure safety, proper installation of items and quality of work.  Building Safety Inspectors will also inspect to ensure work is completed to meet code requirements.