Millions of federal dollars headed to Newark, Trenton to combat lead

Millions of federal dollars headed to Newark, Trenton to combat lead


By:  Jessica Mazzola
NJ Advance Media

   

Months after lead contamination was found in the drinking water supply at dozens of schools in the state's largest school district, federal funding to help remediate lead hazards in low-income housing is headed to the city.

Newark and Trenton – two of 11 cities in New Jersey that were recently found to have a high proportion of young children with elevated blood lead levels – are slated to receive millions of dollars in federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding to help combat the chemical element, Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker announced in a release Monday.

According to the announcement, the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration program granted Newark $3 million, and the city picked up an additional $400,000 from Healthy Homes Supplemental funding. Trenton got a little over $2.1 million from the two agencies, the announcement said.

"This federal funding is critical to enhancing efforts in Newark and Trenton to reduce lead hazards in public housing, making the homes safer for residents," Menendez said in a statement about the grants.

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