CLASH in Action

Site of the explosion taken from the sidewalk at 22500 Alexander Road. 

Creek behind the plant runs into a culvert under Alexander Road. Lead levels were 10 times the "risk" standard.

March 18, 2023. WaPo. Plant explosion leaves town with fear of lead exposure and few answers. "CLASH struggled to get timely answers from the Ohio EPA about whether the agency was looking for lead contamination and what the preliminary findings were, according to messages reviewed by The Washington Post. Hall, who used to work for the Cleveland Health Department, said there are protocols for jumping to action after a disaster and she remains critical of Ohio EPA for not treating the Oakwood Village explosion as such." Thanks to Kim Bellware for her diligent reporting. This is the opposite of press release journalism and Kim was tireless in seeking out all perspectives.

Tabling moves indoors! On December 3, 2022, CLASH participated in the Health, Housing, and Jobs Fair sponsored by Famicos. It was a big event. Well over 100 guests came through the gymnasium at the East Professional Center. Thanks to Chantal and Ashley for covering the the event with Lila. Dalonzo stopped by the table and Samario Ford had CLASH information at the NEOBHC table. 

University Heights Fall Fest October 2, 2022. Noon to 5PM at Stinson Park. Lila and Chantal worked a decidedly professional crowd in University Heights. 

NEOBHC Fall Fest October 1st

On October 1st, CLASH joined the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition for a Autumn Health and Wellness Fest. Andre shared lead safety information at the CLASH Table.

Lila reports: "While many Senior Residents are expecting more from the community like a grocery store, more activities to ensure healthy mental and motor skills, there were quite a few concerned how lead exposure through water and outdated repairs could affect their life expectancy especially those with a compromised respiration system using oxygen tanks."

Lila reports: CLASH gained big support from University Heights Mayor Brennan and Vice Mayor Michele Weiss. "I had the support of Bob Parker from SPAN 12p-2p and I rocked out with the crowd until 5pm. We had the coziest tent btw."

Andre and Ashley report: There was a child-filled in the Harvard Square area when NEOBCH brought the Fall Health Fair to Cawthorn Park. Lots of pols stopped by too! 

Lots of kids meant lots of CLASH buttons in the crowd.

 September 24, 2020: CLASH Team Picnic

Special thanks to Andre at the grill, Molly in the kitchen, Raconteur Darrick, Special Guests: Judge Wanda Jones, Chris Ronayne, Rachel Dissell. And our hostess, Yvonka Hall.

Rosemary and Darrick

Jeff, Darrick, Andre talk politics

Molly and Yvonka in the kitchen

Catching up

Intense discussion

Tabling in August 2022

Saturday August 20, 2022. Noon-6PM. Ward 5 Back to School Event. Friendly Inn Settlement, 2386 Unwin Rd. Lila and spencer took turns being table leader. Molly helped from Noon-2PM and Dalonzo covered 2PM-4PM.

Saturday, August 27, 2022. Community Resource Fair at Glenview Park, sponsored by COOLJC Region VI Social Justice Ministry of Pilgrim Church of Christ. AshleyE, Chantal and Lila took turns at the table. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2022. 4pm – 7pm. Ward 12 Back to School Resource Fair at Art House Inc. 3119 Denison. At Councilwoman Maurer's request, CLASH gave away 17 3M Home Lead Test kits (courtesy of God Before Guns Foundation). Dr. Chantal, Lila and Spencer were chatting with neighborhood folks and local politicians throughout the event. 

Friday, August 5, 2022. 2PM-6.30PM. University Settlement. 4939 Broadway Avenue. Molly and spencer covered the Back to School event on Broadway sponsored by the University Settlement. We were busy for an hour and a half--lots of interested parents and children, but then the storm rolled in!

Thursday, August 4, 2022. 6PM-8PM. Summer Trick or Treat. Harvard Community Service Center, 18240 Harvard. Andre and spencer covered the back to school event at Harvard Community Services on Thursday. Thanks to everyone who signed up for the "stay in touch" email newsletter.

​Sunday, July 31st, Lila and Spencer participated in the Hayes Temple Harvest Festival. Great music and fellowship! Participants had questions about Cleveland's Lead Safe Certificate program, the impact of lead on seniors, lead in soil even thought the home has been made lead safe, and the availability of Individual Education Plans (IEP) for children entering Pre-K and Kindergarten.

​What's News!

Saturday, June 30th, Lila covered the Health Fair at Maple Heights Library on. Many public officials stopped to talk about the feedback they are getting from Maple Heights residents. Looks like CLASH will be setting up follow up events around lead safety education and engagement.

Andre and Spencer provided information on lead safe housing at the Famicos at McDonalds Resource Fair on Thursday, July 21, 2022. Thanks to Famicos for producing an exciting event. The wind from the lake made the hot temperatures bearable. The mood on the 17 visitors to our booth was curious and experienced! Most took literature on lead safe housing. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2022. 6 PM-7.30 PM. Our Voices Matter. MidTown Techhive, 6815 Euclid. Andre and spencer report "Lots of young people in a combination of a resource fair and a training event for young activists."

Darrick and Earth Justice proclaim support for the Lead Safe Housing for Kids Act in the US Congress. " '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."

Thursday, July 7, 2022. 6PM-8PM. Community Resource Fair. 18240 Harvard Avenue. Andre, Molly and the premiere of the CLASH store display! Old and new friends stopped by to say "hi": Toni Johnson, Judge Scott. Larry Gardner, Councilman Jo Jones.... Andre knows everyone! Thanks to Andre and Molly for tabling. 

Thursday, June 30, 2022: 11 AM- 2 PM, St. Andrews Tower, 5225 Superior Ave. Cleveland, OH 44103. Love in Action Ohio is partnering with St. Andrews Tower for a Community Resource Fair. Lila reports: "Yesterday's event was full of networks and interested parties collaborating to further spread the awareness of Lead Safe including NEON and a visiting Pediatrician. Dalonzo was a delight to work with.

Thursday, June 23, 2022: 11 AM- 1 PM, Memorial-Nottingham Library Branch, 17109 Lakeshore Blvd. Cleveland, OH, 44110. Love in Action Ohio is partnering with Memorial-Nottingham Library Branch for a Community. MollyG reports many women with large families stopped to talk about lead and poor maintenance by their landlords. Many followups. One table guest will be holding a community meeting in October and will invite CLASH to participate.

June 25, 2022. 10AM -- 4PM. A. Philip Randolph Institute Ohio State Education Conference, Marriott Renaissance Cleveland 24 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio 44113. It was slow for Lila and Spencer at the table, so Lila took handsfull of brochures and worked the crowd during breaks. Yvonka was a guest speaker in the evening session.

Monday, June 27, 2022: 11AM-2PM. Warrensville YMCA, 4433 Northfield RD, Cleveland, OH, 44128. Love in Action Ohio is partnering with the Warrensville Heights Family YMCA for a Seniors’ Community Resource Fair. Food Distribution, free cell phones, cleaning & hygiene products, and more. 

Dr. Chantal and Lila provide the smiles and lead safe information

June 17, 2022: 11 AM- 2 PM, Changing Lives Ministries, 12651 St. Clair Ave. Cleveland, OH, 44108. Love in Action Ohio is partnering with Changing Lives Ministries to host a Community Resource Fair. Food Distribution, free cell phones.

June 18, 2022. National Council of Negro Women, Family Fun and Fitness Fair, Zelma George Rec Center 3155 MLK Jr. Blvd. Lila, Spencer and Andre

Lila's ready to share information

Dr. Chantal talks lead safety with residents

June 19, 2022. Juneteenth Event in University Heights at Stinson Park 2301 Fenwick Rd, University Heights, OH 44118. Dr. Chantal Dothey counsels families. Thanks to Erika and Lila for helping out!

Dr. Chantal Dothey and Spencer at the Famicos Festival on May 12, 2022

Thanks to WEWS for their on-going coverage of lead issues in Cleveland.

March 8, 2022. Maybe Governor DeWine pays attention to CLASH Public Comments.  New funding for Lead Pipe Replacement for Child Care Centers.

Press Release

February 10, 2022   For Immediate release

Judge Scott is Right! Housing Court Should Enforce the Lead Safe Certificate Law

CLASH supports Judge Moná Scott’s right to require landlords to show compliance with Cleveland’s Lead Safe Certificate law before they are eligible to bring an eviction action. A recent court case brought against the Judge claims that she does not have the authority to enforce the Lead Safe Certificate Law, passed in 2019. (alternate source here,)

By taking the initiative to require lead safe compliance, Housing Court Judge Scott has shown that she understands that there is no such thing as voluntary compliance without some strict enforcement. The failure of the 2005 ordinance creating a Lead Safe Registry is a dramatic example of the failure of voluntary compliance. No one ever signed up! At risk Cleveland households should not have been forced to wait in vain for lead safe housing. 

While many landlords have shown themselves willing to obey the law in the interest of their tenants, many others are waiting to see what will happen if they do nothing. Some clear examples of consequences for landlords who have not complied will move many who are on the fence to comply with the law. The cost of making a rental property lead safe is negligible and assistance is available. Making rental homes is not just altruism. If a child is poisoned in a rental property, the owner may be compelled to pay thousands of dollars for a full scale lead abatement.

It’s ironic that no one actively opposed a similar court rule created by former Housing Court Judge Ron O’Leary. That rule required landlords to register their property with the City’s Rental Registration Program before bringing an eviction. Back then, landlords were pretty confident that there were very limited inspection requirements connected with the rental registry.

One of the most powerful impacts of compliance with lead safe certification will be to close a loophole in the Federal and City lead disclosure laws. For two decades, owners of pre-1978 rental properties could honestly say that they had “no knowledge” of lead hazards because they were never inspected. The passage of the Lead Safe Certification Ordinance closed that loophole. Once certified, an owner can’t tell prospective tenants that he or she doesn’t know about lead hazards or fail to reveal what steps were taken to remediate those hazards. 

Judge Scott’s initiative is civic heroism, but Judge Scott shouldn’t be the only Cleveland official who is enforcing the Lead Safe Certificate Ordinance. CLASH is advocating that Mayor Bibb’s Lead Czar (see page 40) will work with the Directors of Building and Housing and the Law Department create a procedure for bringing charges against egregiously non-compliant property owners. Further, the Department of Building and Housing must resume lead testing (including dust wipes) as a part of Rental Registration inspections and inspections triggered by tenant complaints. 

For more information contact Yvonka M. Hall, President

Cleveland Lead Advocates for Safe Housing (CLASH)

Phone or Text: 216-802-8101


Oct 11, 2021. Cleveland Scene. Winners and Losers in the Cleveland Mayoral Debate: Bibb Kicks Kelley's Ass. "...Bibb's strongest moment came in the discussion of the lead paint crisis. Bibb celebrated the work of CLASH activists and said it was a shame it took their efforts to finally force city government's hand on lead. He said he wants to beef up housing code enforcement to ensure landlord compliance, appoint a lead czar in his administration and spend ARPA dollars to establish an endowment to fully eradicate lead poisoning in Cleveland. Ambitious? Sure. But Kelley took exception to Bibb's plan to ;beef up' code enforcement — this was another buzzword, presumably — and talked about the challenges of recruiting employees in the building and housing department. Though he did say the city can't make excuses, he said the lead safe Cleveland initiative had been stalled by the pan

 City Council Comment October 1, 2021

Thanks to Yvonka, Darrick and Mario who testified at the VERY FIRST Citizen Comment period at City Hall. Focus of testimony was using American Rescue Plan funding for expanding child lead testing in Cleveland. The remarks were well received with applause from the other citizens. Erika and Spencer sat in the audience and were supportive. Sitting in the audience TJ summed it up this way: "I streamed your public comment last night. I'm so proud of you. Yall killed it! In solidarity." Cleveland City Council allows public comments at meeting for first time in a century.

Tremont Arts and Culture

Thanks to BrianH, ChantalD, DalonzoC, DarrickW, DaveG, and MarioP for their help at the Tremont A&C festival this past weekend. 7 Lead Test KIt applications; 15 Stay in Touch signups, and lots of questions from tenants and landlords. One repeated question: what's going to happen to lead water lines in Cleveland? CLASH will be doing some research into the current status of funding and pushing the Mayoral candidates to be prepared to apply for Federal funding if/when the Infrastructure Bill (BIF) is passed by the House and Senate. CLASH was able to be there thanks to GailL who provided paid for our table space.

Harvard Square Family Fun Day September 4, 2021

8 guests to our table signed up for the Stay in Touch newsletter and 4 requested for lead test kits. Celebrity guests who stopped by included Mayoral candidates Ross DiBello and Zack Reed, Council candidate Kevin Bishop, and State rep Kenny Yuko.

CWRU Know Your Neighbor

Tae-Hee and Dalonzo are providing information to attendees at CWRU's Know Your Neighbors on Saturday August 28th. Sixteen table guests signed up for Stay in Touch Newsletter. One guest received a Lead Test Kit.

Pilgrim Church of Christ Summer Resource Fair

"I saw you on TV!" One of our table guests recognized Erika from a clip shown on Channel 19. They got to share information on lead poisoning.

Sleep Out on the Steps of City Hall

Thanks to Mayoral candidates Justin Bibb, Dennis Kucinich and Zack Reed for participating. Their commitment to support lead safe housing is appreciated!

 Read more at East Side Daily News, page 7. There's another story coming up later this week. Thank ESDN.

Thanks to Richard T. Andrews of the Real Deal Press for supporting the Sleep out on the steps of City Hall.

You can watch the whole event on youtube at and at

Thanks to Larry Gardner for the videos!

Black on Black Crime hosts an Activists Convention to end gun violence

CLASH has signed on as a supporter. Childhood lead poisoning is directly related to young adult contact with the criminal justice system. 

Preventing lead exposure plus early diagnosis and treatment can reduce gun violence in Cleveland. 

Saturday tabling at Shaw Jr. High event--Bridges to the Future. We had about 20 visitors to the table, 5 sign ups. Yvonka was on a panel in a break out session.