Congressman Albio Sires Recognizes North Hudson Community Action Corporation for Federal Grant Award
(Washington, D.C.) –Congressman Sires recognized North Hudson Community Action Corporation, which served nearly 72,000 patients in 2018, on their receipt of two grants worth $167,000 and $75,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services. These awards will allow North Hudson Community Action Corporation to increase access to the primary, behavioral, and preventive care services they offer and recognizes their achievement in quality of care.
“The receipt of this award highlights what many in our community already know – that North Hudson Community Action Corporation, and other CHCs like it play a critical role in ensuring the health and wellness of individuals in our community who may not otherwise have access to care. That is why it is so important that Congress move to fund the Health Center Program before its expiration this September. I remain committed to working with my colleagues to ensure that community health centers have the federal resources they need to continue to serve New Jersey,” said Congressman Sires.
The primary federal funding for these grants comes from the Health Center Program and the Community Health Center Fund administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Without action from Congress, the funding for this program will expire on September 30, 2019. H.R. 2740, the House passed appropriations package which included funding for the Department of Health and Human Services, provided $1.7 billion for the Health Center Program, but now awaits further action in the Senate. Congressman Sires has repeatedly supported robust funding for the Health Center Program throughout the annual appropriations process.
Congressman Sires is also a cosponsor of H.R.1943, the Community Health Center and Primary Care Workforce Expansion Act of 2019 and H.R. 2328, the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence Act of 2019. Both of these bills would reauthorize and extend funding for community health centers and are pending further consideration by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.