Only 30 applications have been submitted in Cleveland, Ohio where city and county officials are spending millions to make homes lead free for children. The program in Cleveland is intended to provide help and grants to applicants that meet income eligibility requirements and have been tested for lead paint exposure. Lead paint exposure can occur if lead-based paint is chipped, flakes, or deteriorates. In Cuyahoga County, roughly 187,000 homes are thought to have potential lead hazards as they were built before 1978 when lead-based paint was banned.

Cleveland, however, lags in screening children for lead. Only between 20 and 30 percent of children under 6 who should be screened each year get the blood tests. Despite the dismal screening rates, city health officials identified more than 500 homes since 2010 that did pose a hazard to children, and not all of them have been fixed.
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