Newark non-profits share $385,000 in federal grants

A volunteer prepares food at the Saint James Social Services Corp., which received $65,000 in CDBG grants administered by Essex County.

Newark non-profits community organizations will share more than $385,000 in Community Development Block Grants and Emergency Solutions Grant program administered by Essex County.

The awards are part of more than $5 million in CDBG and ESG grants for 13 Essex County communities announced today by Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo.

“Programs supported through the CDBG and ESG programs are direct investments to provide services that enhance our quality of life and help stabilize our neighborhoods by modernizing our infrastructure and supporting programs that assist vulnerable populations,” DiVincenzo said.

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“These federal grants enable us to upgrade our sidewalks and roads, enhance handicap access, address mental health needs, support food pantries, and stimulate the overall development in our communities,” he said.

Municipalities and non-profit organizations must meet specific criteria established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to be eligible for grant funding. The funds have no impact on the county budget and cannot be used as revenue in the county’s operating budget.

“The beauty of the CDBG and ESG programs is their ability to fund a broad array of projects without affecting the budgets of the County, municipalities or organizations receiving the grants," said Anibal Ramos, director of the Essex County Department of Economic Development, Training and Employment and councilman in the city's North Ward. "This is a great example of a tax relief program that benefits all County citizens.”

The CDBG and ESG programs are funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Essex County Division of Housing and Community Development.

"Our agency provides more than 100,000 meals annually," said Vesta Godwin Clark, the executive director of Saint James Social Service Corp."We are grateful for this grant, which will allow our agency to provide renovations that will allow us to better serve our clients."

Recipient Purpose  Amount 
CDBG Program Non-Profit Projects    
Babyland Family Services Revitalization project  $34,000
Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Essex Hudson and Union Counties Youth mentoring programs  $7,000
NJ Citizen Action Education Fund Housing foreclosure education and Outreach  $20,000
The North Ward Center Casa Israel senior services  $51,000
Saint James Social Services Corp. Rehabilitation project  $65,825
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan NJ HIV prevention, testing and counseling  $10,000
Wynona's House Increased capacity of family advocacy program  $23,000
Emergency Solutions Grant    
Interfaith Hospitality Network Emergency shelter operations  $21,000
Salvation Army  Homelessness prevention  $20,000
Covenant House Emergency shelter operations  $40,000
Newark Emergency Services for Families Rapid re-housing activities  $72,726
Integrity Inc Rapid re-housing activities  $21,000
Total    $385,551

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