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Posted on: May 10, 2016

FREEHOLDERS ANNOUNCE PUBLIC HEARING ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT APPLICATIONS

(Passaic County, NJ)- The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders have announced a public hearing to take place on June 14th regarding this year’s applications for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The CDBG is one of the longest running programs from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, which allows local governing bodies to fund projects such as affordable housing, infrastructure improvements, and anti-poverty programs.
The Freeholders passed a resolution in 2008 which allowed us to begin participating in the CDBG. In 2015, Passaic County received $800,000 from the program. The applications for this year’s projects include:
• Storm drain work on Leary Ave in Bloomingdale ($75,000)
• Maintenance and improvements to Belmont Ave Town Square Park in Haledon ($100,000)
• Repaving of Eighth Avenue in Hawthorne ($50,000)
• Installation of ADA complaint curb ramps in Pompton Lakes ($44,560)
• Repairs on North 10th Street in Prospect Park ($100,000)
• Storm and sewer drains in Totowa ($100,000)
• Road reconstruction and funds to reconstruct 80 year old water mains in Wanaque ($75,000)
• Sewer project on Glover Ave in Woodland Park ($57,000)
• Counseling services for disabled and senior citizens to Catholic and Family Community Services ($20,000)
• Assessment and case management services for disabled and senior citizens to New Bridge Services ($12,135)
• Counseling services for the Fair Housing Council of Northern NJ ($5,000)
• Funds to hire of an advocacy coordinator for child abuse victims at County Court Appointed Special Services ($10,000)
“The Freeholders have partnered with our local municipalities to make significant and long lasting improvements to Passaic County.” said Freeholder Director Theodore “TJ” Best. “We are looking forward to implementing this year’s round of applications for projects and infrastructure improvements.”
Different “blocks” are mapped out by Passaic County’s Planning Department based on the income of residents in a general area. Of the 16 municipalities in Passaic County, 12 have partnered with the county to secure funds from the CDBG. These municipalities include Bloomingdale, Haledon, Hawthorne, Little Falls, North Haledon, Pompton Lakes, Prospect Park, Ringwood, Totowa, Wanaque, West Milford, and Woodland Park.
“There is often a correlation between our most vulnerable and neediest citizens, and the place they live.” said Freeholder Hector Lora, Chairman of the Planning Committee. “These improvements help people afford housing and gives people with disabilities the access they need to live normally, these improvements benefit everyone in the county.”
All interested individuals and organizations are invited to attend the public hearing June 14th at the County Administration Building located at 401 Grand Street in Paterson.

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