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Detroit Lead Partnership: 5 Steps

Information - Position Statement - 5 Steps - Suggested Policy Changes

Step 1: Make 800 lead safe homes available in 2002:

  • Abate lead hazards in homes using existing federal funds at the Planning and Development Department and provide new federal funding to an additional organization.
  • Increase funding to organizations to conduct lead specific cleaning and interim controls to reduce lead hazards.
  • Require that Community Development Corporations (CDCs) reduce lead hazards during housing rehabilitation.
  • Encourage CDCs and others to construct new affordable homes in Detroit's neighborhoods.
  • Assist landlords to reduce lead hazards in existing homes.
Step 2: Use code enforcement to encourage landlords to reduce lead hazards:
  • Change the city ordinance to require that city inspections include lead hazard assessments and direct Building & Safety Engineering (B&SE) to enforce any codes regarding lead hazards and peeling paint.
  • Provide B&SE funds for five inspectors who would target lead hazards.

Step 3: Create a roster of lead safe housing in Detroit:
  • Use the City's parcel file to identify all housing built after 1978.
  • Add to the roster all new construction and lead hazard reduction projects.
  • Create a toll free number for those seeking lead safe housing to call.
  • Make a database of lead safe housing accessible on the World Wide Web.
  • Help each family find a lead safe home.
Step 4: Increase lead testing of Detroit's at-risk Children to 50%:
  • Work with each Detroit physician to encourage testing.
  • Fund adequate levels of staff in Detroit's Health Department to work with each family where lead is identified at the 10 ug/dL level or above.
  • Working with Medicaid and HMOs to inform each family of the need for testing all children ages 6 months-6 years.
Step 5: Appoint a lead czar for the City of Detroit to:
  • Coordinate all City departments with responsibility for lead poisoning prevention.
  • Direct the actions proposed in this five-point plan.
  • Develop a comprehensive strategy in 2002 to eliminate lead poisoning of Detroit's children by 2010.
  • Work with community groups, CDC's, landlords and state officials to focus resources to end lead poisoning.

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