NJ Senate Sends Lead Hazard Funding Bill to Governor
Housing advocates applaud passage of bill


The New Jersey Senate today voted in favor of a bill that would provide $10 million in funding for state programs that protect children from lead hazards in the home. The bill, already passed in the Assembly, now awaits Governor Christie’s signature. On the bill, Network President and Chief Executive Officer Staci Berger issued the following statement:

“More than 6,000 children in New Jersey have been reported to have elevated levels of highly toxic lead. $10 million is a drop in the bucket in a $33 billion budget; it’s an investment in the health and safety of our children.

“Thousands of homes still contain lead hazards, causing permanent brain damage in young children. We applaud the Senate for passing this bill and providing families the opportunity to do the repairs necessary to make their homes safe and lead-free. We urge the governor to protect the well-being of our children by signing this bill.”

About the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ
The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey is the statewide association of more than 250 community development corporations, individuals and other organizations that support the creation of affordable homes, economic opportunities, and strong communities. For more information on the Network, visit www.hcdnnj.org.

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