Department of Community Affairs Announces the Award of More Than $6.8 Million in Lead-Safe Home Remediation Grants

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  • Posted on: 03/12/2021

State-Funded Grants Will Finance Lead-Safe Repairs and Energy Efficiency Activities in Residential Units Built Prior to 1978

TRENTON, NJ – To address the ongoing threat of childhood lead poisoning, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) today announced that it is awarding more than $6.8 million to 12 nonprofits through the Lead-Safe Home Remediation and Single-Family Home Remediation Grant programs. The programs will provide eligible residents with professional assistance to remediate and/or abate lead-based paint hazards in their homes to prevent elevated blood lead levels in children and pregnant women. DCA plays an important role in lead prevention through the regular inspection of multi-family housing for lead-based paint hazards through the Hotel and Multiple Dwelling Regulations, which emphasize lead-safe maintenance and work practices on housing built prior to 1978.

“Lead prevention is a priority in New Jersey and Governor Murphy and I are committed to reducing the threat of lead poisoning in the state’s older housing stock where lead-based paint is frequently found,” said Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, who serves as DCA Commissioner. “No child or adult should have to live with the detrimental and lasting health effects of lead poisoning. Through these grants, New Jersey residents will be provided with the information and assistance they need to remediate or abate their homes and live lead free.”

The Lead-Safe Home Remediation Grant Program and Single-Family Home Remediation Program provide assistance to low- and moderate-income families via the identification and remediation/abatement of lead-based paint hazards in pre-1978 single-family residential housing. The target service area for the Lead-Safe program is statewide with the exception of Camden, Newark, the City of Passaic, Paterson, and Trenton, which fall under the Single-Family Program.

Nonprofits that receive an award must have experience in administering lead hazard control and/or weatherization assistance programs and be a U.S. EPA certified Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) firm. Eligible activities include the removal of lead-based paint hazards, including specialized cleaning, repairs, maintenance, painting, temporary containment, and the ongoing monitoring of lead-based paint hazards or potential hazards. Lead abatement measures are identified as a more long-term solution to removing lead-based paint hazards from surfaces and components via replacement and/or repair.

Households eligible for lead remediation must have an income at or below 80 percent of the area median income for the county in which the municipality is located and reside in one- to four-family residential properties constructed prior to 1978. For rental units, the property owner must be the signatory on the grant documents. Interested households can contact one of the nonprofit organizations if assistance is needed.

First priority will be given to households with children under the age of six and/or pregnant women in eligible housing units constructed prior to 1978 where there is an identified lead-based paint hazard. Second priority may be given to households deferred from DCA’s Weatherization Assistance Program due to the presence of lead-based paint hazards.

Average remediation costs per unit is $13,000. Lead-safe projects of up to $20,000 can be undertaken with prior DCA approval. The allowable average abatement cost per unit is $25,000.

The nonprofit organization grant recipients are listed below: 

Lead-Safe Home Remediation Grant Program



Target Area(s)

Community Affairs and Resource Center (CARC)


Atlantic, Middlesex, and Monmouth Counties

Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc (GBCA)


Bergen County



Mercer County (except Trenton City)

La Casa de Don Pedro (La Casa)


Essex County (Except Newark)

Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs (MCOHA)


Morris County

Native American Advancement Corp. (NAAC)


Atlantic and Cape May Counties



Hunterdon, Sussex and Warren Counties



Somerset and Union Counties

Puertorriquenos Asociados for Community Organization, Inc (PACO)


Hudson County

Saint Joseph's Carpenter Society (SJCS)


Burlington, Camden (except Camden City) and Gloucester Counties

Total Funded



Single-Family Home Remediation Grant Program



Target Area(s)

Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc (GBCA)


Paterson City

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark, Inc.


Newark City



Trenton City

La Casa de Don Pedro (La Casa)


Newark City

Saint Joseph's Carpenter Society (SJCS)


Camden City

United Community Corporation (UCC)


Newark City

Total Funded


Participating entities will be required to report program data to DCA. The Department will analyze this data to develop program best practices and in consideration of any potential program expansion. Among other data, DCA will collect information on the location of remediated units, type of housing, year of construction, project scope, hazard types, remediation costs per unit, etc.

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