Lead Remediation Programs in North Jersey may Help Eliminate Short-term Lead Paint Hazards in Your Home
Lead-based paint is still a prevalent issue for families living in older homes throughout New Jersey. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that homes built before 1978 may still have lead-based paint on their walls; with homes built before 1940 having the greatest chances. If the lead paint has been sufficiently covered by newer coats of paint, the EPA says the risk of lead exposure should be relatively low and not a major concern. However, homes that may still contain exposed lead paint could pose a risk to family health and safety. This is especially true for areas of the home that face a great deal of wear-and-tear. Such areas include windows and window sills, doors and door frames, stairs, railings, banisters, and porches.
Fortunately, lead paint commonly deteriorates in several ways that are easy to identify at a glance. Lead paint often will peel, chip, chalk, and/or turn to dust. If you notice that the paint on any of your home surfaces is degrading in any of these fashions, be sure to prevent young children from entering those areas unsupervised until the lead paint can be safely remediated.
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (NJDCA) established the Lead-Safe Home Remediation Pilot Program to “identify and remediate lead-based paint hazards via interim controls to prevent elevated blood lead levels in children and pregnant women.” If you find that you meet the qualifications for application and are approved, this program could help relieve you of lead paint hazards in your home.
What is a Lead Remediation Program?
The NJCDA established the program primarily to provide short-term lead abatement solutions to communities within the state where there are higher reported incidents of elevated lead levels in the blood of children under six years of age. The program’s participants will provide qualified applicants with these services if the state-mandated requirements are met.
Applicants are eligible for the program’s services if they meet the following criteria:
- The property has a presence of lead paint hazards.
- Household income is within low-to-moderate income limits.
- The home is a 1-2 unit residential home built prior to 1978.
- The property is in good financial standing with real estate taxes and water and sewer utility payments.
- The property is structurally sound.
Should an applicant be approved for the services afforded by the program, the following services will be provided:
- Lead inspection on premises
- Risk assessment of any potential hazards
- Preliminary lead testing on painted surfaces
- Interim controlled remediation of lead paint hazards
Apply for Home Lead Remediation Now!
Do you believe you qualify for The Lead-Safe Home Remediation Program’s services? If so, make sure you fill out the proper application and deliver it to the approved agency in your county. The application is available through the NJDCA website.
Some of the participating New Jersey-based agencies include:
- PROCEED (Union County): 908-351- 7727
- Greater Bergen CAP (Bergen County, City of Paterson, and Passaic): 973-546-1441
- Puertorriquenos Asociados for Community Organization (PACO, Hudson County): 201-864-3774
- La Casa de Don Pedro (Essex County): 973-485-0701
- Community Affairs and Resource Center (Atlantic, Monmouth, & Ocean Counties): 732-774-3282
- Saint Joseph’s Carpenter Society (Camden City): 856-966-8117
- Puerto Rican Action Board (Middlesex County): 732-828-4541
- Isles, Inc. (City of Trenton): 609-341-4700
As of right now, the program is only available in select counties in the State of New Jersey. Warren, Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon, and Somerset are North Jersey counties that do not have agencies that sponsor this program. To see a complete directory of all approved agencies in New Jersey counties, visit the NJDCA directory.