GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Some families in Grand Rapids can now get lead-based paint removed from their homes for free.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has granted funding for a local program which safely removes lead-based paints. The Get the Lead Out! program offers free lead-based paint removal for qualifying renters, homeowners and landlords.

Grand Rapids zip code 49507 has the highest number of lead-poisoned children in the state, according to data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  This in part due to lead paint used in homes built before 1978.

Applicants must be Grand Rapids residents who live in a home built before 1978 with lead-based paint and have a household income below 80 percent of area median income. 

Families must also have children younger than 5 years old or pregnant women to qualify. Lead exposure in children can cause developmental disorders.

Homeowners who qualify can expect up to $20,000 in repairs, which program organizers say typically includes new windows and siding. The funding is limited.

If you qualify, you can apply by calling the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan at 616.241.3300 or online.