Paterson getting $2.35 million in Covid-19 funding to tackle homelessness | Paterson Times

Paterson getting $2.35 million in Covid-19 funding to tackle homelessness


Paterson is receiving $2.35 million in federal Cares Act funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to tackle homelessness.

Funds from the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program supports homeless individuals and people at risk of becoming homeless because of job loss, wage reduction, or illness due to Covid-19.

“Homelessness was a major issue in some cities across our Nation long before this pandemic occurred, and unfortunately the dire living conditions of our most vulnerable Americans left many without a home to isolate in or proper medical and healthcare resources to defend themselves against this invisible enemy,” Ben Carson, secretary of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said.

Municipal officials can use the funds to make more emergency shelters available; operate emergency shelters by providing food, rent, security, maintenance, repair, fuel, equipment, insurance, utilities, furnishings, and supplies necessary for their operation; provide hotel or motel vouchers to homeless families and individuals; provide services like childcare, education services, employment assistance, outpatient health services, legal services, mental health services, substance abuse treatment services, and transportation; and prevent individuals from becoming homeless and rehouse homeless residents.

“The Garden State, the joint-epicenter of this deadly virus, will receive over $57 million in this round of funding. This makes over $211 million available to New Jersey, to date, to fight this invisible enemy,” Lynne Patton, HUD regional administrator for New York and New Jersey, said.

Congress provided $4 billion to HUD’s ESG program for local governments to assist homeless residents and prevent others from becoming homeless as part of the Cares Act.

Entities getting ESG funds are:

  • New Jersey Nonentitlement    $27,263,010
  • Newark           $5,458,961
  • Jersey City      $3,540,297
  • Bergen County            $3,222,784
  • Essex County  $2,974,183
  • Paterson          $2,356,424
  • Union County $1,990,737
  • Monmouth County     $1,772,793
  • Middlesex County      $1,699,999
  • Morris County $1,493,359
  • Hudson County           $1,486,554
  • Camden County          $1,414,818
  • Camden           $1,226,497
  • Trenton            $1,197,016.

  • http://Patersontimes.com Limbaugh

    The money most likely will be stolen nothing will be done for the homeless and the quality of life will keep getting worse.



    • http://www.facebook.com/animalabusewar Animal Abuse War

      Of course. How many times has Paterson recieved money? And no mastery for what purpose, things really get much worse. If the money was going on what it was intended, things would be better, not worse. Disgusting, corrupt city with the majority of residents brain dead idiots that do nothing about it except complain.


    you know it"s something that our Paterson will get the money ,But some of the people will never get the help..So i Pray that they do all the right thing"s.

  • John

    Now the Mayor has the money for his salary increases.

  • http://www.facebook.com/animalabusewar Animal Abuse War

    We all know very few who need help will get the help. Friends and connections of politicians, employees and officials will all qualify through corruption.This has always happened in Paterson. This should be only for actual street homeless, not homeowners, renters, etc, there's other programs for that. There's a lot of people losing homes through their own fault. They would rather spend their money elsewhere than pay taxes/ mortgage.Some use their money for hairstyles, nails, fancy car add ons,drugs,alcohol, e.t.c- how many neighbors cry they are broke, losing their home, but get boxes from Amazon every day? But of course this program was set up that way, so the corruption ensures those who dont need help get it and the rest goes in the corrupt ones pockets.
    Clean up the city owned,filthy lots,Put tiny houses on them for the homeless. They can go to eva's kitchen to eat. Ebri church and program gives free clothing and household. So stop allocating money for things that already exist just so you can pocket the money. This city is a disgrace.