HOBOKEN, NJ -Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla gave an update on the current health crisis and said Hoboken has engaged several new programs to help.

“Residents have often asked what they can do to help our small businesses. I’m very glad to share that the City has partnered with an organization called “Help Main Street” to provide a central resource for locating gift cards for Hoboken businesses,” Bhalla said.

By visiting http://www.helpmainstreet.com and plugging in Hoboken’s zip code, you can find over 75 local small businesses that offer online gift cards in one location. Purchasing online gift cards is an immediate way for residents to provide financial assistance to local struggling businesses while also practicing social distancing.

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“I want to express my sincere gratitude to the team at Help Main Street, including Nihal Meta for proactively reaching out to my office with the offer to provide this resource for Hoboken businesses,” Bhalla said “There is no service fee charged to residents for utilizing the website and purchasing a gift card.”

Councilwoman Emily Jabbour assembled a database of local businesses to add to the site.

Donations for those in need

Bhalla went on to say that thanks to the efforts of HobokenCity Councilmembers Ruben Ramos, Tiffanie Fisher and Vanessa Falco, the Hoboken Community Center, Hoboken Food Pantry, and the Office of Emergency Management are now collecting and distributing food for those who may have fallen on difficult times. 

Donations for this effort can be made online by clicking here and food donations can be made through an Amazon wish-list by visiting their Amazon Wishlist. 

“If you can afford to help provide a helping hand to those in need, I respectfully ask that you please do so,” Bhalla said, adding that the spread of COVID-19 are hitting some members of the community more than others. “We know that many families and individuals are struggling right now,” said Ramos, Fisher and Falco jointly. “Our goal is to work and come together as a community to help provide whatever relief we can during this difficult time.”

Short-term rental order

“After hearing feedback from residents, we are amending our short-term rental order to prevent anyone from outside Hoboken purchasing a short-term rental for pleasure,” Bhalla said. “Some Hoboken residents have taken the responsible step to obtain a short-term rental in order to self-isolate from elderly family members,” he offered as an example. If you believe you require an exemption for any reason, please email Sgt. Montanez head of Hoboken’s Office of Emergency Management.

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