LONG BRANCH, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that Middlesex and Monmouth Counties will receive over $3.4 million in funding to assist New Jerseyans who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. The funding was allocated through the CARES Act that Congress passed and was signed into law in March.
“Those experiencing homelessness in New Jersey are more likely to contract coronavirus. That’s why it is especially important to ensure that our community has the resources to prevent and mitigate homelessness,” Congressman Pallone said. “This funding will go a long way in helping anyone experiencing homelessness in Middlesex and Monmouth counties as we work to protect the health of all Americans during this public health crisis.”
The funds are allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Emergency Service Grants (ESG). Eligible grantees can use the funding to support homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities designed to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. This funding is a part of the $2.96 billion in ESG grants awarded in the second round of CARES Act funding, using a formula targeted toward communities with high fractions of homeless – both sheltered and unsheltered – and those at the most risk for homelessness. Middlesex County will receive $1,699,999 and Monmouth County will receive $1,772,793.