City of Cincinnati is fighting lead in a big way

By Dan Wells – bio | email

CINCINNATI (FOX19) – The City of Cincinnati is fighting lead in a big way.

Three million dollars of federal tax money has come to the Queen City to help refurbish homes that pose a risk of lead poisoning.

It's all a part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and were told it's been needed for decades to get our big lead problem under control.

"First off all, 93 percent of this city was built before 1978 which is when lead paint was banned from residential use, so 93 percent of this city probably has lead paint in it," says Joe Wolf, a lead risk assessor for the Cincinnati Health Department.

"It's really been a wonderful opportunity for us it's a three million dollar grant and the goal is to fix up remediate or what we call make lead safe 210 units buy the end of the grant," says Rocky Merz with the Cincinnati Health Department.

Thousands of homes before 1940 are considered to be at the greatest risk of containing lead-based paints.

"The three million dollars funds money so we can work with property owners to actually do the remediation, that includes some money to allow for temporary housing assistance while the work is done and it also allows us to have a pretty aggressive education campaign," says Merz.

The Cincinnati Health Department will apply again for the grant in 2010.

Cincinnati residents interested in finding out about lead or the programs offered can call 513-357-7420.

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