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Sellwood activist honored for crusade against leaded paint

Tamara Rubin took up cause after her children were contaminated

Tamara Rubin, the Southeast Portland woman who became a national activist around the hazards of lead-based paint after her children were contaminated, has received a National Healthy Homes Hero Award.

The award was bestowed Wednesday, June 22, at a National Healthy Homes Conference in Denver, by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The conference was organized by a consortium of federal agencies.

Rubin, who lives in the Sellwood neighborhood, was frequently quoted in the media after she discovered elevated lead levels in her children after a botched home remodeling job. Exposure to leaded paint can cause learning disabilities or brain drainage.

She incorporated the nonprofit Lead Safe America Foundation on March 31, which she runs from Portland. For more information: leadsafeamerica.org.