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How to address lead paint and other conditions in rental properties

by Tonya Sams Plain Press, July 20220                             When housing conditions are endangering your family, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by worry and fear.      One common problem is the presence of lead in older homes. Most homes built prior to 1978 used paint that contained lead.       Children exposed to lead poisoning may suffer from learning and behavioral … Continue reading

PB CLE stages community event at ThirdSpace Action Lab

PHOTO BY BRUCE CHECEFSKY Sunday, May 15, 2022; Participatory Budgeting in Action event, ThirdSpace Action Lab, 1464 E. 105th Street: Laylah Allen, Chief Executive Officer of The Missing Link, COPE Inc., and David Van Horn, a community artist and organizer for Art Block, participate in this effort to have citizens help determine how a portion of … Continue reading

City paint program could use a fresh coat; residents cite costly labor and slow process as issues

by Doug Breehl-Pitorak (Plain Press, March 2022)      Tuesday Gibson lives with her mom, Barbara, in a 107-year-old home in Cleveland’s Buckeye-Woodhill neighborhood. Gibson had hoped Cleveland’s Exterior Paint Program, which offers free paint and supplies to help residents repaint their homes and safely remove any hazardous lead-based paint, would provide enough support to give the home … Continue reading

City paint program didn’t work for most small suppliers, leaving Sherwin-Williams as main provider

by Rachel Dissell (Plain Press, March 2022)      Cleveland’s effort to provide free paint for tenants and homeowners fell short of its goals over the past two years, with fewer than 400 of the expected 1,000 homes completed.       Administration officials also had hoped to use neighborhood paint and hardware stores as vendors for the program, and early … Continue reading

Why has childhood lead testing plummeted in Cleveland, and what can be done about it?

Why has childhood lead testing plummeted in Cleveland, and what can be done about it? by El Jay’Em (Plain Press, February 2022)  Mayor Justin Bibb’s office recently posted a position for a senior strategist to oversee the city’s efforts to combat lead poisoning who would report to the mayor. The position aims to be pivotal in helping Cleveland … Continue reading

American Rescue Plan Act survey responses provide window into what Cleveland needs now

American Rescue Plan Act survey responses provide window into what Cleveland needs now by Zachary & Lee Chilcote (Plain Press, December 2021)                 This past summer, the city of Cleveland mailed surveys to more than 120,000 homes and businesses asking residents, “How would you spend $511 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to make Cleveland healthier and … Continue reading

Ten Clevelanders address City Council Meeting during its first Public Comments period in over 100 years 

(Plain Press, November 2021)   Ten Cleveland citizens took part in a historic event, the first Public Comments period at a Cleveland City Council meeting in over 100 years. The occasion was the Monday October 4, 2021 meeting of Cleveland City Council. The ten citizens taking advantage of this public forum to speak to their fellow citizens … Continue reading

Ward 12 City Council Candidate Survey

Ward 12 City Council Candidate Survey (Plain Press, November 2021) The three community newspapers that serve areas of Ward 12 – Neighborhood News, Tremonster and the Plain Press — collaborated in creating this survey. The survey questions were asked of Rebecca Maurer and Anthony Brancatelli, the top two finishers in the City Council Primary Election. … Continue reading

Activists sleep out at City Hall to draw attention to the urgent need to address lead poisoning

Activists sleep out at City Hall to draw attention to the urgent need to address lead poisoning by Bruce Checefsky      Childhood lead poisoning has increased dramatically since COVID-19. Day care closures and stay-at-home orders have confined young children to their homes, increasing the likelihood of exposure to the toxic metal. Many medical centers where testing … Continue reading

Participatory Budgeting Cleveland (PB CLE) to launch budget recommendations

Participatory Budgeting Cleveland (PB CLE) to launch budget recommendations by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, August 2021)     Town meetings were first established in the earliest New England settlements as a form of direct democracy in which most or all members of a community come together to discuss policies, laws, and budgets for their community. The first town meeting was … Continue reading

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