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Posted on: September 26, 2016

FREEHOLDERS ANNOUNCE PUBLIC HEARING ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT APPLICATIONS

(Passaic County, NJ)- The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders have been awarded grant funds from 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 the county to begin participating in the CDBG. Passaic County voted at their last public meeting to accept $810,869 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 rebuild 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 and non-profits to make significant and long lasting improvements that benefit Passaic County residents.” said Freeholder Terry Duffy. “These grant funds allow for important infrastructure improvements as well as counseling and services for disabled residents, senior citizens and victims of child abuse.”
Different “blocks” are mapped out by Passaic County’s Planning Department based on the income of residents in a general area. The CDBG program works to ensure affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses.

“The county continues to aggressively pursue grant funds to lessen the impact of infrastructure upgrades on county taxpayers,” said Freeholder Pat Lepore, who is also the Chairman of the Budget Committee. “While CDBG grant funds provide families with affordable housing opportunities and provide assistance and counseling for disabled residents and senior citizens, the infrastructure upgrades benefit the entire county.”

Of the 16 municipalities in Passaic County, 12 have partnered with the county to secure funds from the CDBG. The municipalities include Bloomingdale, Haledon, Hawthorne, Little Falls, North Haledon, Pompton Lakes, Prospect Park, Ringwood, Totowa, Wanaque, West Milford, and Woodland Park. Several non-profits have also partnered with Passaic County to apply for grant funds. The organizations are Catholic Family and Community Services, New Bridge Services, Fair Housing Council of Northern NJ, and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

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