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Toledo receives $2.9 million grant in fight against lead poisoning

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As the battle against lead in the community rages on, a $2.9 million check from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was presented to Toledo city leaders Monday morning.

The purpose of the grant is aimed to protect children from the dangers of lead poisoning.

"We're going to be using these dollars to help rental and home owners to be able to get rid of the lead hazards within their homes," said Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson. "This is all part of a continuous plan that we're going to continue to work on to ensure that we do our very best to prevent any child from being poisoned by lead."

Toledo is one of only 48 communities to receive this highly competitive grant nationwide.

The grant will be divided into two parts with $2.5 million of it being the lead based paint hazard control grant. The remaining money is for healthy homes supplemental funding.

"It helps us immensely because now for some of those individuals let's look at the ordinance, the Toledo ordinance, who may not be able to get their own inspection or knew that they were going to fail, now can ask if they can get some HUD money to fix some of those things," said Health Commissioner Eric Zgodzinski.

Representatives from HUD, Toledo Health Department and Toledo Public Schools celebrated the word done by Toledo city leaders.

"The lead ordinance coupled with this grant shows that our leaders are very serious about tackling the lead issue in our community and want our children to live in safe, healthy, decent housing,” said Director of Neighborhoods Bonita Bonds.

The Department of Neighborhoods is now accepting calls from anyone who needs help ensuring their home is lead safe. They can be reached at 419-245-1400.

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