Human resources

Residents of the town of Benton Harbor recalled the resources available to help reduce the risk of exposure to lead.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reminding residents of the town of Benton Harbor of the resources available to them as part of an accelerated widespread effort to reduce the risk of exposure to lead in drinking water during that the city replace all lead service lines.

Pipe replacement

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has called for the replacement of lead service lines at Benton Harbor in 18 months and the Whitmer-Gilchrist administration has provided just under $ 20 million to Benton Harbor to speed up the replacement schedule for its lines from service. Abonmarche reports that 24 service lines were replaced this fall, bringing the total number of service lines replaced to 400 with approximately 3,900 remaining.

Click here for the most recent service line replacement statistics.

There is no cost to the residents of the Town of Benton Harbor for the replacement of lead service lines. To help ensure the work can be completed as soon as possible, residents are encouraged to complete the Water Service Line Replacement Agreement available online. Contractors cannot begin work on a property without permission from the owner.

Click here for the Water Service Line Replacement Agreement.

Completed forms can be returned to Abonmarche, 95 West Main Street, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 or emailed to [email protected]

Click here to email the Water Service Line Replacement Agreement to [email protected]

Utility bill assistance

Resources are available to help residents of the Town of Benton Harbor pay their utility bills. The federally funded Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). helps eligible households who have had their water disconnected or are facing disconnection by paying the full cost that will reconnect or prevent service disconnection. A LIHWAP payment will guarantee the service for at least 90 days after receipt of payment and cover the reconnection costs when the services have been disconnected.

The State Emergency Relief program is also available to households having difficulty paying their water and sanitation bills.

For more information on how to apply for these programs and what additional resources are available, residents of the Town of Benton Harbor should call 211.

Home lead services

Funding through the Federal Children’s Medicare Program, which provides health insurance coverage to low-income children, is available to provide comprehensive services to identify and address all risks of lead in children. houses in Benton Harbor. This includes dust, paint, dirt, and potable water.

Families living in Benton Harbor can request this service by completing and mailing a Lead Safe Home Program application available online. Residents can also call 866-691-5323 for information.

Click here to complete a Lead Safe Home program application.

WIC formula ready to serve

To protect the youngest residents of Benton Harbor and prevent lead exposure, the Michigan WIC program provides ready-to-use preparation at Benton Harbor WIC

The ready-to-use formula does not require mixing with water. The formula can be used as the benefits of the current formula, using the WIC EBT card at authorized WIC providers. Customers will be contacted by text or call from the Michigan WIC office.

Community ambassadors

To ensure the continued success of bottled water outlets in Benton Harbor and to recognize city residents who donated their time and talent, the State of Michigan has partnered with local agencies to pay city residents who work in the state. bottled water distribution site supported. People who wish to serve as community ambassadors to help distribute water should connect with an established distribution site. Individuals or groups who wish to serve as unpaid volunteers can register on the United Way online platform.

Click here to visit the Centraide website.

Blood lead test

Blood lead tests are being offered in the town of Benton Harbor next week to offer residents of all ages the option of having their blood tested for free. For people who have high levels of lead in their blood, the goals are to identify the source of the lead, stop lead exposure, and speak with their doctor to discuss any further testing or follow-up that may be necessary. necessary.

Children under 6 with high blood lead levels are offered case management by a nurse through the Berrien County Health Department, which includes a home visit with a registered nurse. More information is available.

Click here for information on the blood lead test in English

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Click here for information on the blood lead test in Spanish.

For more information on any of these programs or the work underway in the city of Benton Harbor, click here to visit Michigan.gov/MILeadSafe.

Free bottled water continues to be provided by MDHHS and paid local residents as residents of the town of Benton Harbor are encouraged to use bottled water for cooking, drinking, brushing, rinsing their teeth. food and mix powdered infant formula.

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This action is part of an accelerated widespread effort to reduce the risk of lead exposure in drinking water as the city replaces all lead pipes.