Mayor Jackson Announces Events in Recognition of Upcoming National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Mayor Frank G. Jackson today announced a series of community events in recognition of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week October 22-28, 2017.

He also issued an open letter to City of Cleveland residents about the status of the city’s lead remediation efforts – including its comprehensive Healthy Homes Interdepartmental Initiative, screenings for children and rental home inspection program. View the full letter here.

“As mayor of the City of Cleveland, I have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our children, families and communities,” said Mayor Jackson. “For the past two years, we have been creating a more strategic approach to lead and now, thanks to Issue 32, we have additional resources to make Cleveland lead-safe.”

The City of Cleveland will host events throughout the city for National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week:

  • 10-23-17: Kick-off event with lunch and learn discussion, child lead testing and more – City Hall Rotunda from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • 10-23-17: Door-to-door community outreach, child lead testing and more – Clark Recreation Center from 5-7 p.m.
  • 10-25-17: Lunch and learn discussion about the city’s rental inspection program with lead safe maintenance practices demonstration – City Hall Rotunda from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • 10-25-17: Child lead testing and CDPH Lead Program Information Table, and Building & Housing Information Table- Cleveland Public Library- Rice Branch from 4-6:30 p.m.
  • 10-26-17: Door-to-door community outreach with child lead testing and more – Stella Walsh Recreation Center from 5-7 p.m.
  • 10-27-17: Child lead testing and info table at Boo at the Zoo – Cleveland Metroparks Zoo from 4-8 p.m.
  • 10-28-17: Lead poisoning prevention information table – Great Lakes Science Center from 10 a.m. to noon
  • 10-28-17: Child lead testing and lead poisoning prevention information – Greater Cleveland Aquarium from noon to 4 p.m.
  • 10-30-17: Lead poisoning prevention presentation with child lead testing and more – St. Martin de Porres from 4-7 p.m.

The City of Cleveland has taken a proactive approach to addressing lead hazards in city neighborhoods. With additional funds available through Issue 32, the city has increased staffing, launched a new rental inspection unit and has allotted more than $13 million to demolish more than 800 blighted structures.