Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition Seeking Administrators for New 'Lead Safe Home Fund'

click to enlarge Lead Safe Cleveland coalition, (1/22/19). - City of Cleveland
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Lead Safe Cleveland coalition, (1/22/19).

The Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition (LSCC) launched a fund Monday that will be used to help property owners pay for lead testing and remediation in their homes. The fund is a crucial component of the City of Cleveland's lead-safe legislation, passed this summer.

Enterprise Community Partners, one of the Coalition's lead institutional members, released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking administrators for the fund.

“The Lead Safe Home Fund Administrators will play an unmistakably critical role in the work to create a lead safe Cleveland,” said Marcia Egbert, Senior Program Officer at The George Gund Foundation and Chair of LSCC's Resource Development Committee, in a statement provided to the media. “From day one, we’ve emphasized the need to prevent lead poisoning before it happens. That requires both policy change and a well-resourced prevention system. The Lead Safe Home Fund is the vehicle for that system, and the Administrators will be in the driver’s seat.”

The money in the fund will come from a "variety of financial products sourced from different sectors." In addition to a $2 million investment from the State of Ohio, LSCC will seek funds from both local and federal government agencies, community development financial institutions, philanthropic organizations, corporations, banks and more.

LSCC is looking for an administrator to run the financial components of the fund — managing the money, making loans and grants to individuals — and another administrator to run a Lead Safe Resource Center, which will serve as a "trusted one-stop-shop" for programs and outreach.

Enterprise noted that interested entities can submit a response to serve as Administrator of one or both functions for the next five years, beginning in 2020.

"Among other criteria, respondents should be mission-driven organizations with a history of managing multiple related programs simultaneously, working in collaborative partnerships, and a strong track record of authentic community engagement," a press release read.

A PDF of the request for qualifications (RFQ) is attached below. Responses are due to Enterprise Community Partners by October 18, 2019. LSCC hopes to officially announce the fund's administrators by early next year.

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