FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2009

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tina Casey, 908-527-4346

 

UNION COUNTY TO DISTRIBUTE $3.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL GRANTS

 

Elizabeth, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is set to begin distributing $3.5 million in federal grants recently secured from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program.

This is among the largest grants the County has received from this program since 1998.

“This is the kind of funding we need to help our communities through these tough times,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.  “It will help put people to work, and it will help more County residents achieve a stable living situation that will strengthen our neighborhoods.”

The grants were awarded to Union County competitively based on its grant application and ongoing programs, which are run by municipal agencies and non-profit organizations.  The County submitted the application to HUD in cooperation with the Plainfield Housing Authority, the Elizabeth Housing Authority, Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services, Inc, Community Access Unlimited, the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services, Inc, Volunteers of America and Collaborative Support Programs of NJ, the YMCA of Eastern Union County, and the YWCA of Eastern Union County.

The grant will go to fund 19 existing programs, and to provide for additional housing.

The Freeholder Board is planning to vote on a resolution to award the contracts at its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, April 16.