"Proposed legislation that would require many Cleveland rental homes, childcare centers and schools to be certified as safe from lead hazards was cleared for city council hearings this week - just in time for winter recess.
That means the legislation, introduced by Councilman Jeff Johnson in August, won't likely be discussed this year."
"Foreman and advocates that include Cleveland Lead Safe Network (CLSN) believe City Council should at least publicly consider legislation that makes it mandatory for all rental properties, daycares and home daycare providers to have "lead safe" certificates that prove their property is free from hazards and is being maintained.
If there is no mandatory standard, that also makes harder incentivize doing the repairs, they say.
Councilman Jeff Johnson introduced an ordinance that would do that and also create a fund to help low-income homeowners pay for some remediation."
Johnson amends Cleveland 'lead safe' law proposal to exclude owner-occupied homes
"Cleveland City Councilman Jeff Johnson, after hearing from a slew of residents said today he's changing the 'Lead Safe' ordinance he plans to propose next month so that it excludes mandatory compliance and fines for homeowners who live in their properties.
"Cleveland homes, childcare centers and schools built before 1978 would have to be certified as safe from lead hazards by 2021 under legislation City Councilman Jeff Johnson will introduce next month."
"While Mayor Jackson's concern about the lack of affordable housing for families in Cleveland is commendable, his lack of expressed concern for the health of Cleveland's children is troublesome. In addition, his view elevates the property interest of landlords at the expense of the health of our children, which is unacceptable."
"A group of parents, residents, and volunteer experts in law, health and housing met for the first time Wednesday night to discuss ways to prevent Cleveland area children from being poisoned by lead in rental homes.
The Cleveland Lead Safe Network's primary goal is to help pass and implement laws that can prevent children from being exposed to the harmful heavy metal, which can be found in deteriorated paint or in the soil around homes built prior to 1978."
"In January 2017, the Cleveland Lead Safe Network (CLSN) will convene formally for the first time. Retired Rental Housing Information Network of Ohio community manager Spencer Wells formed the group to secure the passage and implementation of legislation to prevent childhood lead poisoning in Greater Cleveland."