If your house was built before 1978, you may have lead paint in your home or other conditions that might affect the health of your family. Lead-based paint, even when painted over by lead-free paint, can break down because of age or when making household repairs. 

This program educates New Jersey residents about the dangers of lead poisoning, shares information about lead remediation, and helps those who fear or may have confirmed lead contamination in their homes.

In order to keep your family safe, NJ SHARES and The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs have partnered to offer lead identification and remediation for eligible families. 



Lead-Safe Program

Lead-Safe Home Remediation Grant Program

Offers a free lead-swipe test, at no cost, as well as a risk assessment of your home to determine if there are other indoor health hazards. Remediation is available to those who qualify. Apply

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is lead dangerous?

Although lead is a naturally occurring metal in our environment, studies have found inhaling or consuming lead is extremely harmful, especially to children and pregnant women. For more information on the effects of lead poisoning, please go to https://www.epa.gov/lead/learn-about-lead.

How do I know if my house has lead?

A lead test of the paint and hardwood surfaces of your home would determine whether lead is present. You can receive a free lead test through our program, contact us at 1-888-712-5077 or njleadout@njshares.org to schedule your free lead test.

How does this program help?

Eligible New Jersey residents can receive a free preliminary lead testing to determine if lead is present and a free lead inspection and risk assessment of your home. If lead is detected, residents may be eligible for free remediation of the lead-based paint hazards via interim controls (i.e. painting, cleaning, repairs, etc.).

How do I apply?

Online, in person at NJ SHARES headquarters or at a local agency (see agency list) Contact us at 1-888-712-5077 or njleadout@njshares.org for more info information on applying.

What do I do if I think my child or I have been exposed to lead?

Talk to your pediatrician, general physician, or local health agency about what you can do. Your doctor can do a simple blood test to check you or your child for lead exposure.


Apply in person.

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