CLEVELAND — Top officials in Cleveland made an "historic announcement" Wednesday regarding their efforts to combat lead poisoning and other health hazards in local homes.

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded a $9.7 million grant to the city in an effort to make homes safer for residents. HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Joseph P. Galvan presented the check to Mayor Frank G. Jackson and other city leaders.

This week is "National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week," and Cleveland has taken multiple steps to combat the problem in the past year including the formation of a new commission as well as through a new law passed by the city council. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine also brought up the issue when he visited the city Wednesday.

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