CAMDEN, NJ – The City of Camden is to receive $3.15 million in additional federal aid to reduce homelessness and Camden County stands to get $4.1 million more to share among the other 36 communities.

These grants, from the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development’s HOME Supplemental Aid program, are provided under the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

All told, New Jersey will receive $131 million in supplemental aid, most to the state’s urban areas. Communities must spend this funding by 2030.

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The additional aid “will go a long way to alleviate homelessness in the Garden State,” said Justin Scheid, director of HUD’s Newark Field Office.

An annual homelessness assessment report sent to Congress last year “shows there were 9,662 homeless New Jerseyans before the pandemic, a number that has the potential to increase,” said Scheid.

“Children and their families deserve a decent place to live. The HOME-ARP funding can begin to heal the lives affected by homelessness and the fear of becoming homeless,” Scheid added.

The state’s other urban recipients are: Atlantic City which is to receive $1.7 million; East Orange, $1.8 million; Elizabeth, $3.3 million; Irvington, $1.7 million; Jersey City, $7.7 million; Newark, $9.9 million; New Brunswick, $1.9 million; Passaic, $3.1 million; Paterson, $5,3 million; Perth Amboy, $1.4 million; and Trenton, $3.2 million.

Nationally, the HOME-ARP program is providing $4.925 billion in supplemental aid to 651 recipients including states, counties and municipalities.

The aid is to be used to develop affordable housing, provide rental assistance and support services, and acquire and develop temporary shelters.

This is the first of two homelessness-related funding opportunities from the American Rescue Plan that HUD will release. In the coming weeks, HUD is to announce funding allocations for emergency vouchers for people who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.