The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $15.5 million to New Jersey yesterday to protect children and families from lead-based paint and home health hazards. The grant is part of more than $314 million bestowed on 77 state and local government agencies, a record investment.
In New Jersey the money will go to the City of East Orange ($3.3 million), Bergen County ($3.3 million), Irvington Township ($3.3 million) and Newark ($5.6 million).
The grants are provided through HUD’s Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program and Healthy Homes Production Grant Program for Tribal Housing to identify and clean up dangerous lead in low-income housing.
“We are committed to improving the lives of all families, especially children, by creating safer and healthier homes,” said Secretary Ben Carson. “One of HUD’s priorities is protecting families from lead-based paint and other health hazards. These grants will help states, tribes, and local communities do precisely that.”