Detroit offers to test for, fix lead paint problems in older homes for free

Lead paint can cause serious issues for children in older homes

City of Detroit launches free program to remove lead paint from homes

DETROIT – A new effort to get lead out of homes is underway in the city of Detroit, as officials are offering to test for and fix the problem for free.

Lead paint in older homes can cause serious issues for children. After seeing what unfolded in Flint, Detroit officials are working to ensure children aren’t being exposed to lead.

Detroit is working to help residents eliminate lead in homes, especially older ones, and will pay for the remediation in more than 450 houses.

Many residents are already taking advantage of the program, such as Cynthia Deleon, a mother of four children. She said she was worried for their safety.

You can hear from Deleon and the city of Detroit in Hank Winchester’s full report above.

About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4’s Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV’s “Help Me Hank” Consumer Unit. Hank works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off people in our community.

Derick is the Lead Digital Editor for ClickOnDetroit and has been with Local 4 News since April 2013. Derick specializes in breaking news, crime and local sports.