WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $3.4 million to the City of Cincinnati Health Department’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. The award includes $3 million through the Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant program and $400,000 through the Healthy Homes Initiative. The funding will be used to control and remove lead hazards in 225 housing units for low-income families with children and to conduct healthy homes assessments for 100 housing units.
“Prolonged exposure to lead in the home is dangerous, especially for children,” Brown said. “These federal funds are critical to keeping communities in Cincinnati safe for the next generation of Ohioans.”
Brown continues to advocate for the safety of Ohio communities. Following reports revealing dangerously high levels of residual lead contamination near former smelter sites in Cleveland and Cincinnati, Brown wrote to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Ohio EPA, urging the agencies to move quickly to address and clean up the contaminated sites.