Lead exposure, even at low levels, is toxic.
Lead poisoning can cause lifelong, often irreversible, problems that affect education, behavior, and health. No amount of lead exposure is considered safe, yet a recent Case Western Reserve University study found that one in four children in Cleveland is lead poisoned by the time they enter kindergarten.
Lead-based paint and the dust it creates are the leading causes of lead poisoning. In Cleveland, more than 90% of homes were built before 1978, when lead-based paint in homes was banned.
That’s why Cleveland’s community leaders joined together to form the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition.
The Coalition has a single goal: prevent children and families from being lead poisoned.
Together, the Lead Safe Resource Center and Lead Safe Home Loans and Grants will help property owners and residents prevent lead poisoning. The Coalition is preparing a preliminary launch of the Resource Center and Home Loans and Grants in Summer 2020. Until then, we encourage you to contact the Coalition at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In partnership with Environmental Health Watch (EHW), the Coalition will create the Lead Safe Resource Center, our community's one-stop-shop for lead poisoning prevention.
Residents can learn more about lead poisoning and find other tools to help make Cleveland a lead safe.
As the Lead Safe Resource Center Administrator, EHW will manage community outreach, workforce development, landlord and resident engagement, and more.
Beginning March 1, 2021, residential rental units built before 1978 must have a lead safe certification. A lead safe certification is obtained once a clearance examination or a lead risk assessment, performed by a certified lead safe worker, is passed.
The Lead Safe Resource Center will train an expert, community-minded lead safe workforce to complete the clearance examinations, lead risk assessments and/or necessary home repairs.
Beginning March 1, 2021, residential rental units built before 1978 must have a lead safe certification from the City of Cleveland's Department of Building and Housing.
In partnership with CHN Housing Partners, the Coalition will offer a spectrum of home loans and grants to help property owners achieve a lead safe certification.