CLEARCorps Detroit had the pleasure of presenting at a Wayne State Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES) Environmental Health Chat on May 13, 2017. The focus of the event was on Lead-Safe Gardening tips and resources available to help the community grow their food for healthy lifestyles.
Thank you to WJBK for highlighting our partnership with the City of Detroit and Wayne State University. We have been reaching out door to door in the 48214 zip code and are excited to see that this effort will be expanding. Lead prevention starts before children are poisoned!
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Thank you to the Detroit Free Press for highlighting how often lead is found in our homes in Detroit. We appreciate you taking the time to speak with us on the work that CLEARCorps Detroit is doing to combat lead poisoning and what we can do together as a community to fix this problem!
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Detroit property owners have gone too long without accountability for the living conditions and health of their tenants. This strong ordinance helps protect Detroit residents and their families. It’s time for the owners of rentals to step up and do their part!
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Lead in the news surprises no one after the tragedy we’ve witnessed in Flint. The Detroit News has highlighted the pervasiveness of lead in Detroit as well, where we are seeing lead poisoning rates among tested children that are more than four times higher than in Flint. The city has decided to take a primary prevention focus by passing an amendment to their Rental Property Maintenance Ordinance. The changes introduced create a path for landlords to get their rental properties up-to-code and lead-safe within a certain time frame. With most of the housing stock built before the 1978 laws banning the use of lead-based paint in homes, this issue touches nearly every homeowner and tenant in Detroit. The Detroit Health Department has observed an increase in lead poisoning rates for the first time in over a decade. Along with the health department, CLEARCorps Detroit and Wayne State University’s Center for Urban Studies have partnered to reach out to families to inform them about lead poisoning, provide options for grant opportunities to renovate and remove lead hazards from the home, and create a dialogue around healthy housing.
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On October 31st, 2017, the Detroit City Council opted to pass an amendment to their Rental Property Maintenance Code. This new amendment creates a system for outreach and enforcement with the goal of bringing rental properties in Detroit up to code withing two years.
This amended ordinance will be phased out in “compliance zones,” which are geographic areas where enforcement will begin, and then reach out through the rest of the city in staggered start dates. Once a “zone” is opened, landlords will have six months to get their properties up to code. New zones will be opened 90 days following the opening of the previous zone.
If a landlord does not bring their property up to code within the six month window, they will not legally be allowed to collect rent. For three months following the initial six month period, a tenant must put their rent into escrow. If the landlord brings the property up to code during those three months, the rent money is handed over. If the property is not brought up to code, then the tenant may recollect their rent money that was placed in escrow. This process then repeats if the home continues to remain without repair.
In addition, this amendment also provides for the city withholding a landlord’s certificate of compliance if more than $1,000 in property taxes has been unpaid for over six months, year lead inspection requirements, reduction in inspection frequency for landlords without blight violations and paid taxes, as well as an more rapid path for appealing the denial of a certificate of compliance.
This is a major step to bring Detroit’s housing stock into the 21st century. As we continue our fight to eliminate lead poisoning in the city, we would like to applaud the Detroit City Council for passing this amendment to protect the health of the children in our community.
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