by Kevin Osborne
Mayor will accept federal money on Thursday
Cincinnati officials will
hold a press conference Thursday to announce that the city will receive a $3
million federal grant to address lead paint problems in apartments and houses.
The U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the grant to the city’s Community
Development Department. City staffers will work with some local nonprofit
agencies in allocating the funds.
At least 240 residential
units will be able to have lead abatement completed, officials said.
Mayor Mark Mallory and City
Manager Milton Dohoney Jr. will formally accept the money, which is the fourth
lead-related HUD grant given to Cincinnati, in council chambers at 10 a.m.
Thursday. The chambers are located on the third floor of City Hall, 801 Plum
Representatives from the
agencies that will help the city use the money also are expected to attend.
They include Price Hill Will, Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, Cincinnati
Housing Partners, People Working Cooperatively, Working In Neighborhoods and
the Northside Community Urban Redevelopment Corp.
Lead poisoning is the leading
environmentally induced illness in children, according to the Environmental
Protection Agency. At greatest risk are children under the age of six because
they are undergoing rapid neurological and physical development.
The United States banned the
use of lead in household paint in 1978, but it often can be found on the walls
of dwellings in cities with older housing stock like Cincinnati.An estimated 19,000 children
under age six in Ohio have unsafe levels of lead in their blood, according to
an analysis by the Environmental Working Group. The number includes an
estimated 1,400 children in Hamilton County.