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Since Flint hit the headlines, national media have found renewed focus on lead poisoning issues. 


Placed in a poisoned home by DC homeless program.
     A year ago a story like this in the WashPo would have triggered HUD into action--requiring PHAs and Rapid Rehousing providers to do lead safe clearances as a part of the Housing Choice Voucher and Rapid Rehousing programs.  Today in Trumpville...don't hold your breath. Instead, local advocates and housing providers should begin pestering your local housing authorities to 
1. require landlords to submit lead disclosure forms and 
2. require  inspections to include dust wipes by a licensed lead clearance techs and don't send your clients to untested homes. 
Or, wait til your read this story in your hometown newspaper.
     From the article: "The tragedy exposes key weaknesses in federal guidelines followed by the District and other cities to ensure safe housing for homeless families, especially those with young children, according to interviews with five housing advocates and experts. Instead of specifically testing for lead or asthma-inducing mold, D.C. inspectors following the guidelines visually check for peeling paint and deteriorating conditions. To help a property pass an inspection, some landlords simply apply a fresh coat of paint and “it looks good for one day,” said Kathy Zeisel of the Children’s Law Center. 'If there’s moisture, it starts peeling right away.' ”
     PS: a blood lead level of 120 mg/dl is 24 times greater than the CDC action level. 

July 29, 2016 Rooflines Our Denial and Inaction On the Issue of Lead How far does the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) denial about leaded drinking water go? 

July 20, 2016 NBC News, Lead Rules Provide Only an 'Illusion of Safety,' Pediatricians Say
Lead standards are not protecting children and doctors need to do more to help prevent kids from getting contaminated in the first place, the top pediatricians' group said Monday

 June 15, 2016 Lead risk for 1 in 7 children in the US
     While overall lead poisoning in the US is declining, "hot spots" remain and Ohio is one of the states leading the leaders of the pack. 
     Washington Post reports "In one city after another, the tests showed startling numbers of children with unsafe blood lead levels: Poughkeepsie and Syracuse and Buffalo. Erie and Reading. Cleveland and Cincinnati." The article continues: "In certain regions of the country, including parts of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio, more than 1 in 7 children tested for elevated levels of lead in their blood. Minnesota had the highest overall rate of young children with disturbing blood lead levels, at 10.3 percent. That was followed by Pennsylvania (7.8 percent), Kentucky (7.1 percent), Ohio (7 percent) and Connecticut (6.7 percent)."
      When does news like this become a call to action for the General Assembly and the Governor? Right now the only state dollars spent on lead poisoning come from penalties levied by the ODH.
      RHINO would be remiss in failing to note a couple bright spots.

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