Lead Safe Housing for Kids Act
Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) is not covered by the Cleveland Lead Safe Certificate Plan. CLASH supports the Lead Safe Housing for Kids Act in the US Congress which would enact comparable protections for public housing tenants and would extend protections for tenants living in project based rental assisted housing and housing voucher units.
October 11, 2022. HUD Lacked Adequate Oversight of Lead-Based Paint Hazard Remediation in Public Housing. "Without a plan to manage lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards in public housing and ensure that public housing agencies implemented lead-based paint hazard reduction, HUD lacked assurance that (1) families with children under 6 years of age residing in public housing were not exposed to lead-based paint hazards and, thus, protected from lead exposure and (2) its procedures for eliminating lead-based paint hazards in public housing were effective."
This finding is another in a long line of investigation of HUD's failure to effectively address lead hazards in Federally assisted housing.
October 26, 2021, The Danger of Lead Paint Hazards in Two HUD Programs. "Lead exposure poses significant health risks—particularly to young children—because it can damage their still-developing brains and nervous systems. Prior to a 1978 ban on the use of lead in paint, lead paint was commonly used in homes. And despite this regulation and efforts to remove lead paint, there are concerns that it can still be found in federally funded housing as well as locations with higher rates of those living in poverty. In recognition of Lead Poisoning Awareness Week, today’s WatchBlog post explores our work on the dangers of lead poisoning in two Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs—Project-Based Rental Assistance and the Housing Choice Voucher program. These programs provide rental subsidies to property owners and renters, respectively, to keep housing affordable for tenants living in poverty.
EarthJustice statement on LSHKA
“It is past time for HUD to adopt a primary prevention strategy for addressing lead in federally assisted housing. Preventing lead exposure is cheaper than fixing the problem after a child has been poisoned. Not only cheaper, but morally imperative,” said Darrick Wade, board of directors, Cleveland Lead Advocates for Safe Housing.
Press Advisory: Lead Safe Housing for Kids Act introduced in the US House of Representatives.