Last year there were more than 3,000 new cases of New Jersey children under the age of 6 with elevated levels of lead in their blood — and more than 225,000 have been found to have the problem since 2000.
Although the scare about lead in the water throughout the state has caused concern, if not outright panic, most officials say the biggest danger of high blood levels comes from old homes and lead paint.
The federal government announced on Monday, through U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ), that Newark and Trenton would get a total of about $5.5 million in remediation dollars to address the lead in housing problem.
Newark was awarded $3 million from the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant program and $400,000 in Health Homes Supplemental Funding, which will address lead hazards in 150 low-income housing units. Trenton was awarded $1,955,886 and $194,445 from the same two programs and will address 145 low-income housing units