[Crain’s Cleveland Business]

A national award program is pumping $250,000 into a collaborative effort to improve deteriorating housing in the Stockyards, Clark-Fulton and Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods on Cleveland’s West Side — areas where residents have high levels of lead poisoning, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The funding comes from the Build Health Challenge, a national award program funded by The Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, the Kresge Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The local effort is being by led by the MetroHealth System, Environmental Health Watch and the Cleveland Department of Public Health.

MetroHealth, meanwhile, has agreed to match the $250,000 grant.

The funding will allow the partners to create a so-called Healthy Homes Zone. In this area, the partners said they will establish communication lines between the hospital and city housing authorities to identify families with the targeted health disorders and map those areas that pose significant health threats. The funding also will support the expansion of an asthma treatment program in the Healthy Homes Zone that includes home visits.

The award was announced Tuesday morning, June 9, at the Build Health Challenge Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. At the event, the program announced $8.5 million in grants and low-interest loans designed to support activities that improve public health.