You are here: Home Page > Housing > Lead Safe Program

Lead Safe Program

2006 Children's Environmental Health Excellence Award The Cuyahoga County Lead Safe Program enables eligible low-and-moderate income homeowners and renters in targeted suburban areas outside the City of Cleveland to make changes in their homes to provide a lead safe environment for young children.

Grants are offered to income-eligible homeowners and renters who live in any Cuyahoga County suburb outside the City of Cleveland, with a child age 5 or younger living in the home or regularly attending paid home day care in the home. In most cases, the grant will cover the full cost of the work. The property owner will be notified in advance if the cost of work will be more than the grant limit. Low-interest loans for the extra cost may be available depending on the community.

Grants are available to make repairs to the home that, at completion, will make the unit lead safe according to United States Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines. The scope of work to be done will be determined by a free Lead Risk Assessment by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. Remediation work will be done by state licensed Lead Abatement Contractors and inspected by the Board of Health.

Applications for the Lead Safe Program will be available on March 1, 2011. Residents of the following communities are eligible to apply:   Bratenahl, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Brook Park,Cuyahoga Heights, East Cleveland, Euclid, Fairview Park, Garfield Heights, Lakewood, Linndale, Maple Heights, Newburgh Heights, Parma,Rocky River,Shaker Hts., South Euclid and Warrensville Heights.

Applications will be accepted from properties in the communities listed above.

City of Cleveland residents, please call (216) 664-2175 for lead assistance
City of Cleveland Heights, please call (216) 291-4869 for lead assistance.
Ohio Relay Service for hearing impaired: 711

 
Residents of other communities who have a child living in their home with medical concerns related to lead should call the Cuyahoga County Board of Health directly at (216) 201-2000.

Eligibility:

  • Homeowners and renters with a child age 5 or younger living in the home or regularly attending paid home day care in the home are eligible.
  • All children 5 years of age or younger living or often spending time in the home (day care children) must be tested for blood lead levels, within six months before remediation starts.
  • Household income limits are based on the total expected annual income for the next 12 months of all persons living in the assisted unit.
  • The home or apartment must not be in foreclosure, and all property taxes must be current or the owner must be on a County-approved payment plan for the back property taxes.
  • Landlords must agree to give preference in renting assisted units to families with children under 6, for 3 years after the work is done, and may not raise tenant-paid monthly rents for one year after the remediation work is finished.
How To Apply: Download a Copy of the Lead Safe Application [PDF]

To request an application by mail contact:
Cuyahoga County Board of Health
5550 Venture Drive
Parma, OH 44130
(216) 201-2000

City of Cleveland residents call: (216) 664-2175
Cleveland Hts. residents call: (216) 291-4869
Ohio Relay Service for hearing impaired: 711