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City earmarks $4.97 million federal grants for projects, non-profit groups

By Jayed Rahman
Published: May 1, 2015


The city in its annual action plan to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is earmarking $4,979,518 in federal grant money for after school programs, road resurfacing, housing assistance, and job training.

The funds were awarded to the city under four HUD grant programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), $2,490,647; Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME), $931,364; Housing Emergency Solutions Grant (HESG), $206,042; and Housing for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), $1,351,464.

Here’s a breakdown of various groups receiving grants.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG):
•    OASIS’s work place readiness program, $52,576
•    The Greater Paterson OIC’s employment training program, $25,000
•    The Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic main lobby renovation, $150,000
•    The club’s power hour, homework and tutoring program, $40,000
•    Paterson Housing Authority’s pre-foreclosure counseling program, $50,000
•    Catholic Family and Community Services’ senior activities, $64,942
•    New Jersey Community Development Corporation’s (NJCDC) mental counseling, $25,000
•    St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation building maintenance job training program, $25,000.

Much of the CDBG money is earmarked for city use: $498,127 for the Community Development Department (CD), $100,000 for the Neighborhood Assistance Office, $200,000 for demolitions, $250,000 for city health department’s mental health clinic, and $450,000 for public works road resurfacing.

Public works is also receiving $60,000 for a youth recreation program and $400,000 for park improvement projects.

HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME):
•    City’s first time homebuyers program, $186,273
•    Paterson Habitat for Humanity, $139,705
•    Paterson Façade Improvement Project, $139,705.

$139,705 or 15-percent is being used for operating and development of affordable housing. 15-percent is required to be set aside for this purpose, according to HUD. And $93,136 or 10-percent for the community development department for administration costs.

Housing Emergency Solutions Grant (HESG):
•    Catholic Families’ home less prevention and rapid re-housing services, $95,294
•    Eva’s Village emergency overnight shelter for women, $19,059
•    St. Peter’s Haven family shelter program, $19,059
•    Hispanic Multi-Purpose Service Center’s transitional housing program, $19,059
•    Paterson Task Force for Community Action’s Hilltop Heights transitional housing, $19,059.

The city’s community development will capture $15,453 or seven-percent in administrative costs.

Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA):
•    Housing Authority of Bergen County, $382,600
•    Buddies of New Jersey, $157,937
•    Paterson Housing Authority, $520,000
•    Passaic City Health Department’s Passaic Alliance Program, $90,000
•    Coalition on AIDS in Passaic County (CAPCO), $90,000
•    Straight and Narrow, $80,191.

HOPWA funds help low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS with housing. HOPWA grant is run out of the city’s health department which will capture $40,544 or three-percent in administration cost.

The city is slated to submit its  2015-16 annual plan to HUD on May 15th, 2015. The city council approved the submission on Tuesday evening.

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