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Offering safe housing for a family in crisis.

Offering safe housing for a family in crisis.

Posted: 09-09-2011

Last week, Nyi-Cear Vance a ten-month old baby was admitted to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital with a blood-lead level of 50. A level of 10 may impair growth and brain development. The home, which the family was renting, is required to go through full lead remediation. However, this left the family without a place to live. Paul Haan, from Healthy Homes Coalition, was working with the family and referred them to LINC's Real Estate Development department for possible housing.

LINC's rental property program was able to provide a lead-free unit for the family while they get back on their feet. The unit was made lead-safe in 2004 through the City's HOME program and has been offered as an affordable housing unit for low-income households since that time.

Nyi-Cear is home and recovering very well. The family is also obtaining financial coaching services through the LINC Opportunity Center which provides integrated services that focus on improving the financial situation for families by increasing earnings, reducing expenses and making appropriate financial decisions that lead to asset building.

If you know of anyone who could be exposed to lead-based paint in their home, LINC partners with the City of Grand Rapids’ Get the Lead Out Program which offers information on lead poisoning and its symptoms, and assistance in removing the lead through the Lead Hazard Control Program.

For more information on our LINC Opportunity Center, Real-Estate Development or Lead Remediation services, call 616.451.9140 or visit our website.