Legal Services to Assist Southeast Michigan Families in Addressing Home-Based Environmental Hazards

For many people, some of the most serious environmental issues they face occur in their home. These types of environmental issues may include drinking water affordability, drinking water contamination, lead-based paint, and many more. Home-based environmental health hazards can rob families of their peace of mind, and can cause parents to worry about the impact their home may have on their child’s future.

Great Lakes Law attorney and Equal Justice Works fellow Erin Mette assists families in Detroit, Flint, and other Southeast Michigan communities in obtaining protection from exposure to home-based environmental health hazards by providing pro bono legal services and public education to advance environmental justice. If you are concerned about a home-based environmental hazard and how it may be impacting your family’s health, please contact Erin Mette for a free consultation.


Phone Number: 313-782-3372

Legal Services Offered

Unaffordable Water bills and water shutoffs

  • Assistance applying for water bill financial assistance programs

  • Assistance disputing and appealing water bills and shutoffs

  • Assistance applying for water service

contaminated Drinking water

  • Legal counseling and representation in litigation for families living in homes with drinking water with elevated lead levels or other contamination

Lead-Based Paint

  • Legal counseling and representation in litigation for families living in rental property with lead-based paint to assure compliance by landlords with local and state laws intended to reduce lead poisoning

  • Compliance assistance and “Know Your Rights” trainings on Detroit’s Lead Ordinance, the Michigan Lead Abatement Act, EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule, and other lead-related and environmental laws

  • Enforcement referrals for non-compliant properties to federal, state, and local agencies

Erin Mette’s Equal Justice Works Fellowship is sponsored by Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP and Anonymous