Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) presented the City of Cleveland with a Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant check for $3,714,272 and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health with a Lead Hazard Control Grant check for $3,231,610 to address lead hazard reduction throughout the city and county. The grant funding announced today will help reduce the number of children, families, and homes that experience lead poisoning in the City of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.
The grant money will help fund the Lead Hazard Control (LHC) Program in the City of Cleveland Department of Community Development. The program is designed to strategically advance efforts to increase lead-safe affordable housing while eliminating the possibility of childhood lead poisoning in the City of Cleveland. The program provides lead risk assessments, identifies lead–based paint and provides grants to control lead-based paint hazards. The program strives to use a single approach to address various housing, health, and safety needs for low- and very low-income families with children under the age of six. These efforts will significantly improve the health of the community and quality of the housing stock.