No child should ever be lead poisoned. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “exposure to lead can seriously harm a child’s health, including damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth and development, learning and behavior problems, and hearing and speech problems.”1


The Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition is working to make housing lead safe for everyone in Cleveland.


Most homes built before 1978 used lead paint, which poses a danger for children. The City of Cleveland now requires that all rental properties built before 1978 have a Lead Safe Certification. That means the home has been inspected by a certified professional and does not have any current lead hazards. All rentals will have to get a certification starting in March 2021, a few ZIP codes at a time.


The Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition Data Dashboard has answers to common questions and information on the rollout of this new law and how it is affecting children, families and neighborhoods.


Here are just a few of the questions the dashboard can help answer:






For more information about the current effort to make Cleveland’s homes lead safe, local help and resources, and more, please visit the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition.


  1. source: National Center for Environmental Health

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