Loading
Untitled Document

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2013

ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO PRESENTS
$4.4 MILLION IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTS

16 Municipalities and 32 Non-Profit Organizations Receive Funding
for Infrastructure Improvements, Community Programs and Building Renovations

 

 

 

 

 

Newark, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced $4.4 million will be distributed to 16 Essex County municipalities and 32 non-profit community organizations through the Community Development Block Grant program on Tuesday, January 29th. The CDBG program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Essex County Division of Housing and Community Development.

“Programs supported through the CDBG programs are direct investments to provide services that enhance our quality of life and help stabilize our neighborhoods by modernizing our infrastructure,” DiVincenzo said. “These federal grants enable us to upgrade our sidewalks and roads, enhance handicap access, address mental health needs, support food pantries and stimulate economic development in our downtown commercial areas,” he added.

“Particularly during these difficult economic times, the CDBG program offers financial support for emergency services and assists municipalities with infrastructure improvements they might not otherwise be able to afford,” NJ State Senator and Essex County Deputy Chief of Staff Teresa Ruiz said. “The program today epitomizes the role of government, which is to be part of the equation to help improve the quality of life for our residents,” she added.

“I know the positive implications that this funding has for our non-profit organizations and municipalities,” Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver said. “These dollars are very important because they help maintain services,” she added.

“Each of the grants we are awarding brings vital services and improvements to our communities,” said Freeholder Blonnie Watson, who was accompanied by Freeholders Brendan Gill and Leonard Luciano. “Thank you for the positive results you bring to our neighborhoods,” she said to the grant recipients.

A total of $3,141,354 was awarded to 16 municipalities and County programs in the Essex County consortium. Grant funding will be used to repave roadways, improve handicapped accessibility at public buildings and upgrade sidewalks. Grants ranged in size from $25,000 to Roseland to make the public library restrooms handicap accessible to $410,391 to the City of Orange for improvements to Alden Street and support for community organizations providing a food pantry and mental health services. Essex County was provided with $890,884 for program oversight, monitoring and administration. Bloomfield, East Orange, Irvington and Newark apply for CDBG funding independently and do not participate in the Essex County consortium. Essex Fells and North Caldwell did not submit applications. (A chart of all the recipients is attached.)

A total of $1,313,066 was awarded to the non-profit community organizations. Grant funding will support services for seniors and the disabled, recreation activities for children, mental health counseling, foreclosure prevention, food pantries, medical testing, counseling and education, and facility renovations. Grants ranged in size from $5,000 to Above the Rim, Inc. from Newark for a youth development program $65,000 to Northwest Essex Community Healthcare, with facilities in Belleville and Montclair, for building renovations. Essex County was provided with a $770,867 grant for a home improvement program and $93,210 for the Tenant Resource Center. (A chart of all the recipients is attached.)

“The beauty of the CDBG program is its ability to fund a broad array of projects without affecting the budgets of the County, municipalities or organizations receiving the grants. This is a great example of a tax relief program that benefits all County citizens,” said Anibal Ramos, Director of the Essex County Department of Economic Development, Training and Employment.

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. These funds have no impact on the County budget and cannot be used as revenue in the County’s operating budget.

The Essex County Division of Housing and Community Development, located at 20 Crestmont Road in Verona/Montclair, offers a variety of assistance programs designed to stimulate economic growth, stabilize residential neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents. It administers the Community Development Block Grant Program, Home Improvement Program and the Community Economic Revitalization Program for façade improvements for the County and 18 Essex municipalities. Bloomfield, East Orange, Irvington and Newark have their own housing and development programs. For more information, call the Essex County Division of Housing and Community Development at 973-655-0200.

 


 
 
 
Video
Press Release
May 20, 2015
ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO HONORS THE LIFE OF THE LATE WORLD WAR II VETERAN AND VETERANS ACTIVIST JOSEPH FORNATTO Bronze Plaque Dedicated in Veterans Area of Glendale Cemetery during Countys Annual Memorial Day Observance
May 19, 2015
ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO CELEBRATES THE LIFE OF THE LATE D. BILAL BEASLEY Mr. Beasley Served as Essex County Freeholder and Irvington Councilman
May 18, 2015
ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO AND THE DIVISION OF SENIOR SERVICES CELEBRATE ESSEX COUNTY'S 9th ANNUAL OLDER AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH Essex County Legend Awards are Presented to West Orange Resident Beverly L. Oliphant, Essex Fells Resident Dr.
May 07, 2015
ESSEX COUNTY DIVINCENZO CONFIRMS COMMITMENT TO CREATE A NEW COUNTY PARK ON THE SITE OF THE OLD HOSPITAL CENTER IN CEDAR GROVE
May 07, 2015
ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO PRESENTS SIX ESSEX RESIDENTS WITH OUTSTANDING SENIOR CITIZEN AWARDS Annual Awards Program Recognizes Seniors who Contribute to the Success of the Senior Club Program
May 06, 2015
ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO ANNOUNCES REOPENING OF ESSEX COUNTY WEST SIDE PARK COMMUNITY CENTER AFTER COMPREHENSIVE RENOVATION Gymnasium, Classrooms, Locker Rooms and Restrooms are Upgraded
April 29, 2015
ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO HOSTS ANNUAL ESSEX COUNTY JEWISH HERITAGE CELEBRATION Star of Essex Awards Presented to Nomi Colton-Max, Board President of Congregation Beth El in South Orange, and Harold Colton-Max, CEO of the Jewish Commun
Untitled Document
  • Top Links
  • Events
  • Public Notice
  • Partners
Top Links
 

2014 SBDAA Annual Report

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

High School Proficiency Test

Report a Pothole
Employment Application
Family Justice Center
Essex County Wellness Program Card
2014 Online Applications for Local Arts and History
Essex County Budgets
Mosquito Control
Birth, Marriage & Death Certificate Information
Mobile Citizen Services Office
Golf
Business Opportunities
Join the Essex Enews!!
OPRA
Directions to Hall of Records
Stay Connected
   
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. presents the Essex County Teamwork Award Monthly.
View Past Awards

Community Development Representatives’ Meeting- May 21

Homebuyers’s Assistance Program

 

Untitled Document
Partner Links
   
2-1-1 Information