$11.5M in federal funding for shelter, AIDS services in Camden, Union

NEWARK – Camden, Union County and Union Township will receive more than $11.5 million in federal funding for various social service programs and to expand affordable housing opportunities, N.J. Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Bob Menendez said today.

The money will go toward emergency homeless shelters, housing assistance and support services for individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS, and providing more opportunities for low- and moderate-income families to get affordable housing.

Of the $11,513,236 in federal grants, $4,440,450 will go to Camden, $6,438,192 to Union County, and $634,594 to Union Township, Union County.

“Investing federal funds in local community development and housing programs will help revitalize neighborhoods and expand opportunities to some of New Jersey’s most vulnerable,” said Lautenberg, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. “This funding will provide critical assistance to families and individuals in need, and help improve communities in the City of Camden and Union County.”
“These investments are revitalizing our communities while creating new opportunities for New Jersey families,” Menendez said. “The funding announced today will help ensure everyone in New Jersey, especially the most vulnerable, have access to housing within their means. It will also help guarantee emergency shelter for those who may suddenly find themselves without a place to call home.”

The grants, awarded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), are part of four HUD initiatives: The Community Development Block Grant Program, the Emergency Shelter Grants program, the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program, and the HOME Investment Partnership.