Hoboken to distribute nearly $ 2 million in grants to 12 nonprofits

Hoboken will distribute approximately $ 2 million to nonprofits and local public agencies to help them provide essential services to low and moderate income residents and respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the COVID-19 pandemic said on Friday. Mayor Ravi Bhalla.

The Hoboken Community Center will receive the largest allocation of funds ($ 864,075). The Hoboken Food Pantry, which HCC hosts and operates, will receive an additional $ 74,119.

These funds will replace the centre’s HVAC system and assist the pantry as it continues to feed food insecure residents.

“Hoboken saw firsthand how critical our nonprofit community was to residents during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Bhalla said. “This funding will ensure that they can continue to provide services to those in need in the months to come. “

Here’s a look at the funding, which has yet to be approved by Hoboken City Council on July 21:

  • Hoboken Community Center: $ 864,075;
  • Hoboken Housing Authority: $ 500,000;
  • Jubilee Center: $ 207,604;
  • The Hoboken shelter: $ 120,000;
  • Hoboken pantry: $ 74,119;
  • REAL Mentors: $ 50,000;
  • Boys and Girls Clubs: $ 33,726;
  • Hoboken Family Planning Inc .: $ 22,679;
  • Community lifestyle: $ 21,888;
  • HOPES: $ 20,000;
  • Act Now Inc Foundation: $ 15,000;
  • 4-person computers: $ 15,000.

The HCC, located at 1301 Washington St., has an affordable housing program that serves 96 low-income men and is home to the Hoboken Food Pantry.

The building’s HVAC system requires repair work to ensure the long-term functioning of the affordable housing program, which currently does not receive any project-based housing vouchers, is funded by rental income, support from social service agencies and private donations.

Hoboken Community Center board member and secretary Toni Tomarazzo said the center greatly appreciates the funding.

“We are grateful for the funding that will be used to strengthen HCC’s decades-long commitment to serving our community, including the Hoboken Food Pantry, which has served over 15,000 bags of groceries and meals since March 2020.”

Funding comes in the form of block grants for community development, with additional funds from the CARES Act allocated to the city through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Bhalla thanked US Sens. Bob Menendez (DN.J.) and Cory Booker (DN.J.) with US Rep. Albio Sires (D-8e Dist.) For their support.

Menendez returned the praise.

“Many local nonprofits came to the rescue to help residents when they needed it most. They have escalated significantly during the pandemic to provide critically important services and resources to individuals and families as donations to nonprofits have plummeted, ”he said.

“Whether it was providing meals for the hungry or housing for those who couldn’t afford rent or tutoring for students or mental health services for those struggling with isolation, New Jersey could not have gotten through the pandemic without the nonprofit community. contributions. I’m glad Mayor Bhalla is prioritizing federal funding to support local nonprofits so they can continue to serve the people of Hoboken. “

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