WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced $5,500,000 in federal funding for Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati to remove lead and other health hazards in local homes to protect children and families from the life-long health effects of lead exposure. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding will address lead hazards in nearly 300 housing units to provide safer homes for low- and very low-income families with children.

HUD Funds are broken down below:

  • Hamilton County will receive $1.8 million from HUD’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction (LHRD) grant program and $200,000 in Healthy Homes Supplemental funding to address lead hazards in 97 housing units.
  • The City of Cincinnati will receive $3.1 million from HUD’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction (LHRD) grant program and $400,000 in Healthy Homes Supplemental funding to address lead hazards in 200 housing units.

“Families shouldn’t have to worry that their home is poisoning their children, but sadly, that’s reality for too many in Ohio,” said Brown. “This funding will give Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati new resources to protect children from lead exposure. Removing lead hazards from homes is a smart investment in the health and future of our kids and communities, and gives parents peace of mind that their children can grow up in a safe environment.”

The Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes helps protect children from health and safety hazards related to lead-based paint and other home hazards. A quarter of all renters –including 400,000 families in Ohio alone – pay more than half of their incomes towards housing. 

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