Newark getting $5.5M for housing remediation

January 13, 2011 5:22:05 PM PST
The City of Newark will get $5.5 million in federal funds to repair hundreds of city homes that contain lead-based paint and other health hazards.

New Jersey's two U.S. senators, Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, announced the award Thursday. The money comes from the Housing and Urban Development Department.

Newark will get a $4.5 million grant to assess lead paint hazards in 500 homes built before 1940 and remove hazardous materials from 250 homes occupied by low-income families.

Another $1 million grant will be used to identify and address health hazards in 120 homes occupied by low-income families.

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