FLINT--Congressman Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, announced today that the city of Flint will receive $2,283,960 in federal funding to protect children and families from exposure to lead-based paint. The grant, awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will fund a comprehensive program to identify and remove lead-based paint hazards in homes in Flint.
"There is no safe level of lead exposure. We must do everything we can to eliminate lead hazards from homes and neighborhoods," said Congressman Kildee. "This federal grant will help the city of Flint expand programs to reduce lead hazards in homes. I am proud to help bring these critical resources to Flint, and I will continue working in Congress to eliminate lead in homes, schools and drinking water."
"I'm so thankful that Congressman Kildee remains committed to the residents of Flint. The City of Flint has long been at the forefront of fair housing and these are much needed financial resources to address the health and safety of homes," Mayor Neeley said. "Many families will soon have peace of mind knowing their homes are safe."
Over half of the grant, $1,883,960, was awarded through HUD's Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant program, which aims to identify and eliminate lead-based paint hazards in low- and very low-income private housing where children under six live. Lead exposure can seriously harm human health, particularly for children under the age of six. HUD's Healthy Homes grant program, which seeks to address housing-related hazards, awarded $400,000 of the total funds.
Congressman Kildee has a proven record of working across the aisle to eliminate lead and secure funds to help Flint residents impacted by lead exposure. In 2016, Congressman Kildee secured $170 million in federal resources for Flint, including money to replace lead pipes. In July, Congressman Kildee secured an additional $5 million in continued funding for the Flint Registry as part of the House-passed government funding bill. The Flint Registry was introduced by Congressman Kildee in Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2016.