Lead poisoning is a significant health threat for children ages six months to six years. It can cause learning disabilities, hearing loss and physical/developmental problems. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Housing and Development (HUD) recently gave the Ohio Department of Health a check for $2.1 million in order to help prevent lead poisoning. Houses built before the 1950s tend to pose the greatest threat. Unfortunately, 36 percent of children ages six months to six years live in housing that falls into that category. This federal project is working in six Northwest Ohio counties to financially assist families to have the problem professionally controlled or abated in order to create lead-safe households. Between 1999 and 2009, education and prevention efforts resulted in a 73 percent decline in childhood lead poisoning cases. This new outreach initiative will, hopefully, have the same results; safe and healthy households allow families to better thrive. If interested in applying for the project, call 1-877-LEAD-SAFE.