Loyola University Chicago

Civitas ChildLaw Center

School of Law

Lead Safe Housing Initiatives

Lead Safe Housing Initiatives

The Policy Institute staffs and chairs the Illinois Lead Safe Housing Task Force and convened the Lead Safe Illinois campaign to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Illinois. The Task Force, an alliance of individuals and public, private, and not-for-profit groups including city, county and state government officials in public health, property owners, tenant organizers, child, and health advocates, parents, community representatives, and others, develops and implements workable strategies to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. The Task Force advocates for policy reform, promotes public awareness, and fosters collaborations among stakeholders to achieve its mission. The Lead Safe Illinois campaign works with community initiatives around the state to eliminate childhood lead poisoning.

Through its successful public-private-University partnerships, and with the support of Loyola University Chicago, The Chicago Community Trust, Telligen, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Policy Institute has successfully led reform efforts within Illinois Most recently the Policy Institute played a critical role in facilitating the implementation of CLEAR-WIN, a $5 million state funded initiative in Chicago and Peoria to address lead paint hazards through window replacement, and to provide work force development in undertaking the work. The Policy Institute also played a critical role in passage of Illinois’ first prevention-driven childhood lead poisoning legislation. Other on-going efforts include implementation of Chicago’s strategic plan to eliminate childhood lead poisoning, building community capacity to address lead poisoning, and development of a curriculum for pregnant and parenting teens on lead poisoning and its prevention. For more information on lead poisoning prevention, see the campaign’s website at www.leadsafeillinois.org.