Grant helps make Detroit homes healthier

May 16, 2011 | Detroit Giving Back

Several neighborhoods in the city are getting a facelift and more, courtesy of a nearly $1 million Federal grant to make Detroit homes safer and healthier for families. Accepted nearly two weeks ago by Mayor Dave Bing, the grant money will be used to address the issues of lead poisoning and resulting asthma that plagues children in the city.

Residents located in the Central Woodward/Northend neighborhood of Detroit will benefit from the Housing and Development (HUD) grant that was specifically awarded to CLEARCorps/Detroit, an organization dedicated to protecting metro Detroit children from lead-based contaminants.

With many of Detroit’s homes and neighborhoods more than 100 years old, environmental hazards are not surprising, yet, left unchecked, can be dangerous, even deadly.  The health and safety of our children is paramount and needs to remain a top priority. Healthier children also means healthier students attending class; and as we’re seeing with much of the progress and business expansion downtown, educating our city’s youth is key to this city’s rebound.

The initiative also underscores the importance of collaboration with numerous nonprofits, 23 to be exact, banding together.

Thank you, CLEARCorps/Detroit and HUD, for helping make our communities safe and Detroit a desirable place to live.

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