Coronavirus HUD FUNDING for 8th District
Recently a number of towns in the 8th District received grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), funds locally developed projects with the goal of creating more affordable housing and enhancing our community’s resources. The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), supports homeless individuals and families, provides rapid re-housing, and ensures they do not become homeless again. ESG funds also go towards providing essential services in homeless shelters. Additionally, the Housing Opportunities for People with Aids (HOPWA) grant program aims to provide increased housing opportunities to low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS.
It is critically important to protect the most vulnerable in our communities during this pandemic. The homeless community is particularly susceptible to the spread of the COVID-19 virus due to a lack of social distancing and the inability to quarantine. These grants will provide resources that will help ensure our communities are able to assist the homeless during these unprecedented times.
The following cities and counties in the 8th District received grant funding for these important homeless initiatives:
- Bayonne: $925,177 (CDBG)
- Elizabeth: $938,750 (CDBG)
- Hoboken: $641,319 (CDBG)
- Jersey City: $3,438,019 (CDBG), $1,682,731 (ESG), and $347,820 (HOPWA)
- Newark: $4,310,416 (CDBG), $2,162,428 (ESG), and $842,513 (HOPWA)
- Union City: $622,932 (CDBG)
- Bergen County: $5,562,321 (CDBG), and $2,748,124 (ESG)
- Essex County: $3,218,062 (CDBG), and $1,574,441 (ESG)
- Hudson County: $1,271,486 (CDBG), and $602,817 (ESG)