This week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that the City of Cleveland will receive a $3.4 million grant to reduce the number of children with elevated blood lead levels, and protect nearly 7,600 families living in homes with significant lead and other home health and safety hazards. View the full HUD release here.
In a statement, Mayor Frank G. Jackson thanked senators and congressmen for their support in securing the HUD grant:
“I want to thank the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Ben Carson, for selecting the City of Cleveland to receive a $3.4 million Lead Hazard Demonstration Grant. Previously the City lost this grant and we had to reassign management to Community Development who retooled and streamlined the grant management process. I also want to acknowledge the assistance of United States Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman as well as Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (9th District) and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (10th District) for their unwavering support while we regained grant support from HUD. This win reaffirms and validates the retooling and management process and is confirmation that we are moving in the right direction. This grant supplements a prior $3.3 million Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant the City is using to complete lead hazard control interventions in 220 units. The grant is in direct alignment with my Healthy Neighborhood Initiative allowing the City to remediate an additional 200 units of housing where a pregnant woman or a child under the age of six resides.”