Cleveland Lead Advocates for Safe Housing


My brain's still buzzing with the energy from yesterday's events. (A personal reflection)


Seeing you all (and hugging a few) at the Activist Orientation was an exciting way to kick off a 2023 assault on the barriers making Cleveland Lead Safe. When CLASH says this is a generational campaign, we're acknowledging that it could take a generation to enact and enforce all the changes that are needed. It also means that the direct beneficiaries of these changes will be today's children.

  • A generation ago (2005) Cleveland City Council a some first step towards creating a lead safe registry. Alas no one signed up!

  • A decade ago, when I challenged ODH to bring Cleveland's Health Department into compliance with the existing weak-kneed regulations, an official at ODH told me: "baby steps, spencer, baby steps".

Now's our time to take giant steps on behalf of the next generation, including for our new "mascot" Ernie who was at the table with mamma Rose and daddy Milo yesterday,


Later today I'll be responding to some with additional information on topics you raised. I"ll also be doing a recap on this week's Stay in Touch e-news. If you have lingering comments, questions, or suggestions that you want to share feel free to hit "reply" and let'm fly.


And...thanks again for your participation. "We make the road by walking." Closer to home, our fellow traveler Darrick Wade, after yesterday's meeting, said, "Yvonka, we're making history."

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Cleveland Lead Advocates for Safe Housing (CLASH) is an all volunteer, largely self funded coalition of 9 community based organizations, working to make Cleveland Lead Safe. CLASH advocates for full and timely implementation of the Cleveland Lead Safe Certificate ordinance and to expand the scope of lead safe protections for Clevelanders who are at risk of lead poisoning.

CLASH offers six levels of involvement for community members who concerned about lead hazards.

Governance -- manage the resources, set the goals, preserve the CLASH tradition, and protect the the history and tradition of CLASH.

Leadership -- skill and issue training for local activists, creation and support of civic engagement around lead issues.

Advocacy -- Research and promotion of public policy solutions to the problem of lead poisoning in Cleveland.

Action -- participate in events, research & planning, and provide resources: money, knowledge, contacts.

Awareness -- members of the public who understand the dangers of lead poisoning.

Make Cleveland Lead Safer

in 2022

CLASH is an all volunteer, largely self funded organization.

What we can do, depends on you.

If you want to make a donation by mail, send your check to CLASH c/o NEOBHC, 18115 Harvard Road, Cleveland 44128.