Grand Rapids, MI (WOODTV) - Most of a child's brain growth is done by the age of three. At the time when they are crawling on the floor and exploring their world, is the exact time that they are the most exposed to the risks of lead poisoning.
One collaboration in West Michigan is partnering federal, county and city organizations with local contractors and builders to create a safer environment and home for kids. Get the Lead Out works to make houses and rental buildings lead safe.
Get The Lead Out started in 2004, when the city of Grand Rapids identified nearly 250 children with lead poisoning. Since then, nearly 1,100 homes have been deemed lead safe due to all the partners of this collaborative.
The collaborative of Get The Lead Out would not be possible without the partnering of Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, the City of Grand Rapids Housing Rehabilitation Office, the Kent County Health Department, the Rental Property Owners Association, LINC Community Revitalization, Home Repair Services of Kent County, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Due to the help of Get The Lead Out, in 2012 the number of children who have lead poisoning has dropped to 42. It isn't just the home fixes that contribute to the success, but Get The Lead Out educations families about lead safety and encourages blood lead testing.
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