Bayonne sets hearing for $1.35M community block, $150k emergency shelter grants

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The City of Bayonne has set a hearing for next week to determined the recipients of a $1.35 million community development block grant, as well as a $150,000 emergency shelter grant, Mayor Jimmy Davis’ office announced. 

Bayonne City Hall

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The annual hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, January 11, at 5:30 p.m., in the council chambers of City Hall, located at 630 Avenue C.

The purpose of the hearing is to solicit the public’s views regarding the City of Bayonne’s Consolidated Community Development Plan.

Attendance at the meeting is mandatory for applicants, where officials “will furnish citizens and organizations with information concerning the projected amount of funds available for the proposed community development and emergency shelter activities and the range of activities that may be undertaken with these funds,” according to city spokesman Joe Ryan.

There will also be a discussion about CDBG programs, policies, and procedures.

The Bayonne Community Development Program anticipates receiving a community development grant in the amount of $1,356,561, and an emergency shelter grant in the amount of $149,751 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Furthermore, Bayonne Community Development anticipates receiving about $60,000 in income from its programs. CDBG funds may be used to provide various housing, economic development, and social service activities.

Meanwhile, ESG funds may be used for various activities relating to emergency shelter for the homeless and more details will be available at the hearing, Ryan said.

The event will also include a presentation by CDBG consultant Alex Curio on Bayonne’s
five-year Consolidated Plan for Community Development. The program will seek public
comments.

The City of Bayonne will submit its plan for the funds to HUD as part of Hudson County’s Consolidated Plan and  the Community Development Program anticipates preparing and submitting its proposed budget to HUD before May 15.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments concerning the proposed should submit them to the Bayonne Community Development Program at the address below before that date.

The city also noted that CDBG grant applications are available in the Community Development Office, which is now located at the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF), 555 John F. Kennedy Boulevard.

For more information on submitting grant applications, please contact Ashley Lambert at 201-688- 7271, or by e-mail at cdbg@baynj.org. All applications are due by Friday, February 23.

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