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Mission and History

Mission: CLASH advocates for full and timely implementation of the Cleveland Lead Safe Certificate ordinance and to expand the scope of lead safe housing protections for Clevelanders who are at risk of lead poisoning.

Our History: Cleveland Lead Safe Network (CLSN) was founded in January 2017 to promote legislation that would require owners of rental properties built before 1978 to make their properties lead safe before children are poisoned. At that time about 4 children per day are diagnosed with elevated blood lead levels.

During 2017 and 2018, CLSN worked with Councilman Jeff Johnson to write and introduce the Cleveland Lead Safe ordinance. Despite our best efforts, Cleveland City Council refused to hold hearings on the ordinance.

In January of 2019, CLSN joined with 11 other community based organizations to form Cleveland Lead Advocates for Safe Housing (CLASH) as an Issue PAC under Ohio law. CLASH began a petition drive to place a lead safe housing initiative on the ballot.

Faced with the likelihood of a vote of the people, Cleveland City Council enacted a Lead Safe Certificate ordinance on 7/24/19. Now CLASH has re-formed as a 501 c 3 tax exempt organization for the purpose of fully implementing the Cleveland Lead Safe Certificate ordinance and expanding the scope of lead safe housing protections for Clevelanders who are at risk of lead poisoning.


CLASH Organizational Members


  • Black Lives Matter-Cuyahoga County

  • Black on Black Crime Inc.

  • Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus

  • Cleveland Lead Safe Network

  • Cleveland Democratic Socialists of America

  • Cleveland End Poverty Now Coalition

  • Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless

  • Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition

  • Organize Ohio

  • Single Payer Action Network-Ohio Region 1

  • At Large Jeff Johnson

  • At Large Darrick Wade

CLASH has four goals for 2021.

1. Monitor the implementation of the Lead Safe Certificate law in a timely fashion.

2. Resist legal or political challenges that may be brought by property owners through the courts or through the 2021 municipal elections.

3. Empower tenants to use their legal rights to compel removal of lead hazards from their homes.

4. Promote the passage of the Federal Lead Safe Housing for Kids Act of 2020.

Accomplishments of CLSN and CLASH

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CLASH Member profiles (coming)

Awareness, Engagement and Empowerment

Legal Strategies, Legal Team

Lead Safe Housing for Kids Act (Federal)