Affordable and stable housing plays a critical role in supporting the health and well-being of communities in NJ. Led by the Network, its members and partners, advocacy efforts have resulted in the governor’s reversal on the lead poisoning issue allowing $10 million to be deployed to non-profits to remove lead paint from the homes of 500 low- and moderate- income NJ families. Through these efforts, the health and housing issue has been brought to the forefront.  

If you’d like to act to help make kids in New Jersey Lead-Free, please join us at our next Healthy Homes & Communities Statewide Campaign Meeting here at the Network on December 7 at 10 am – please RSVP to Ben Haygood at bhaygood@hcdnnj.org.

How to get involved:

At Under One Roof 2017, the Network brought together experts from across sectors to help solidify and expand the intersection of Housing and Health. Practitioners, officials, and advocates connected resources and collaborators from each sector in order to improve living conditions and outcomes for all New Jersey residents.

Please join us in this crucial space to once-and-for-all end Childhood Lead Poisoning by being a part of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

We’ve had several significant victories this year including legislation and actions directing $40 million to much-needed Lead efforts. However, there is no safe level of Lead in Children - we still have plenty of work ahead of us to make our Homes, Communities, and Schools safe for our Children:

• There are still 56% of New Jersey kids not being screened for Lead in the crucial 6-26 month period
• There are still eleven NJ municipalities with higher Blood Lead Levels than Flint
• More than 253 NJ School Districts (more than 397 schools) have already tested & reported high Lead levels in their water

You can help!

We are working on A3585/S1937 to remove the loophole currently not requiring one and two-family homes to test for Lead at Rental turnover – please contact your local Legislators and urge them to pass this crucial bill.

The Network has extensive Lead information and resources at http://www.hcdnnj.org/lead where you can understand more about the crisis currently facing our children.

Additionally, the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative has a listing of Lead Poisoning Prevention Week events and activities: http://www.greenandhealthyhomes.org/

The New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (NJAAP) has created an educational video that highlights the importance of conducting blood lead level tests for children:
https://netforum.avectra.com/eWeb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=AAPNJ&WebCode=EventDetail&evt_key=65a2e809-c794-4f2b-accb-c02e80f76bd4

Thanks for helping to make #LeadFreeKidsNJ a reality!

Healthy Homes & Communities Policy Priorities:

  • Requires municipalities to conduct lead paint inspections in one and two family rental units (S1937/A3585) sponsored by Senator Turner and Asw. Muoio/ Asm. Gusciora/Schaer. Passed Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee 3.14.16. Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee 1.12.17.

  • Requires a lead safe certificate by 3rd party at time of rental turnover (A3611/S2879) sponsored by Asw. Muoio/Sen. Ruiz. Passed Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee 1.12.17.

  • Establishes permit requirements and provides for adoption of regulations for inspection of asbestos (A4309) sponsored by Asm. Schaer. Passed by Assembly 1.23.17.

  • Requires compilation of, and public access to, tests of soil lead levels sales (A4304/S2957) sponsored by Asm. Conaway/Senator Cruz-Perez. Passed Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee 1.12.17.

  • Requires soil testing to determine lead content prior to certain home sales (A4305) sponsored by Asm. Conaway Senator Cruz-Perez. Passed Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee 1.12.17.

  • Requires DEP to adopt Statewide plan to reduce lead exposure from contaminated soils and drinking water (A4306) sponsored by Asm. Conaway Passed Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee 1.12.17

  • Require public and nonpublic schools to test for and remediate lead in drinking water, and disclose their test results (A3539/S2082) sponsored by Asw. Muoio and Senator Turner. Passed Assembly 12.19.16

  • Requires various measures to address effects of low levels of lead exposure. (A159/S1588) sponsored by Asw. Tucker/Jasey and Senator Rice. This bill will enable school personnel to know if a child has a history of elevated blood lead levels, and will require schools to educate staff and parents about the dangers of lead exposure.


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