Thank You, Steelcase Foundation, for Lifting Parent Voices

We are fortunate to receive support from donors like the Steelcase Foundation. Last year, Healthy Homes was awarded a two-year grant to complete a project centered around lifting community voices.

Because of the Steelcase’s generosity, parents in the community have been able to make major strides in having their voices heard, and having a seat at the table.


Local Family Shares Their Positive Experience with Get The Lead Out Program

Javonte Tubbs, a lifelong Grand Rapidian, recently had repairs on his home completed by the Get the Lead Out program to get rid of lead hazards, and he would recommend to anyone considering it. 


Why Parent Voices Matter More

Two stories featuring parents who are fighting to end childhood lead poisoned were told in local news this past week.

These two stories represent the voices of parents whose children are directly affected by the threat of lead poisoning in the community. They are just two of thousands more in the city.


Keyon Lovett: Fighting Lead with Paint

Keyon Lovett didn’t mean to become a social activist. He just wanted to be an artist. Lovett’s work, currently displayed in our offices, connects the issues of the ongoing Flint water crisis, and the struggles lead affected families are dealing with in Grand Rapids.


Mayor Bliss Commits to Tackling Lead Aggressively

In her State of the City address on Thursday night, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss made it clear that fixing lead poisoning is a major priority for Grand Rapids.

"The recent increase in lead poisoning is a call to action," said Mayor Bliss. 

"Children should not only feel safe in our city. They must be safe. Especially in their own homes."


Persistence Pays Off for Healthy Homes, Kids

Momentum continues to build fast to solve the problem of children being exposed to lead in Grand Rapids – and to keep kids from hurting in our community. The culmination of two years of work is lining up across the city, county, and state – a change which will help families provide safe housing for their children.

Healthy Homes is leading the charge.


So the Big Question is...

Nyi’Cear is a local seven year old girl. She loves to play and she smiles easily, like most seven year olds do. But, her journey is far from typical. She is a victim of lead poisoning. The following video depicts her long-term struggles following that initial diagnosis.

"So the big question is: what are we doing about this? What, as a community, are we doing about lead poisoning?"


Rylee's Ace Hardware Raises Awareness, Money to Fight Lead Poisoning

As the lead poisoning of children in Grand Rapids’ neighborhoods continues increase, and gain attention, one local business took the message to their customers - and raised $6,000 in doing so.


Lead Poisoning on the Rise in Kent County

The 49507 zip code experienced a 40 percent increase in number of lead-poisoned children from 2014 through 2016. The zip code has most lead-poisoned kids in the state of Michigan.

Parents, representatives met on Oct. 30 in Grand Rapids to tackle the lead-paint problem that’s poisoned more children than Flint’s water crisis.


"I was angry at myself for not protecting my child."

“I was angry at myself for not protecting my child.”

This would seem a natural reaction for any parent.  We are all focused on protecting our children and making sure they are strong and healthy.

However, the lead in the paint that made her daughter Lucy sick was not her fault. Yet Kristin was angry at both herself and her husband. 

Then anxiety set in and she took action. She went into “Mama Bear” mode.


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