The Effects of Lead Poisoning on African-American Low-Income Families in Toledo, Ohio

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The city of Toledo has the opportunity to enact an ordinance that, if adopted, would require a residential rental property to be lead-safe before a family with young children moves in. The goal of this proposed ordinance is to address the dangers of lead for families who are residential rental property tenants. African Americans and low-income residents are at a much greater risk for lead poisoning than other populations. The minority and low-income populations of Toledo are concentrated in ZIP Codes identified by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) as high-risk for lead poisoning. The dangers posed to children by lead poisoning fall disproportionately on Toledo’s low-income and African American populations.

This report was prepared to support the Toledo Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition’s goal of eliminating the lead poisoning of children in Toledo.