Cleveland has a lead poisoning crisis. Lead exposure, at even low levels, can damage a developing brain and cause lifelong, often irreversible, problems affecting education, behavior, and health. There is no safe blood level of lead, yet over 25% of Cleveland children test positive for lead prior to kindergarten. The Lead Safe Home Fund (Fund) will enable borrowers to make lead interim control improvements for rental and owner-occupied properties.
Lead Safe Home Fund
|Location||City of Cleveland|
|Sponsor||CHN Housing Capital|
|Total Project Costs||$20 million|
|Community Demographics||Poverty Rate:
Advances Neighborhood Revitalization
The City of Cleveland has adopted policy to require pre-1978 rental units to proactively achieve lead safe status. Residential units will be required to receive a Lead Safe Certification by passing a Lead Clearance conducted by an independent, certified lead safe worker.
Community Benefits Agreement
The project sponsor has committed to quantifiable community impacts by executing a Community Benefits Agreement.
Environmentally Sustainable Outcomes
Lead-based paint and leaded dust are the primary cause of lead poisoning in Ohio. In Cleveland, more than 90% of the housing stock was built before 1978, the year residential lead-based paint was outlawed. Lead poisoning is a public health crisis with a housing solution.