Hoboken block grant program allocating $153k for public agencies, non-profits

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The City of Hoboken is currently accepting applications for their Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, which will be offering nearly $153,000 in funding for programs and projects sponsored by public agencies or not-for-profit organizations in the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

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The city encourages local community groups who provide quantifiable benefits to the low and moderate income population to apply, officials said last week in a statement.

The CDBG funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Hoboken’s Public Service Funding amount allocated through the CDBG Program is currently anticipated to be $152,891.70, which can be granted to organizations providing services including, but not limited to child care, after school programs, health care, family planning, and assistance to the homeless.

The City’s Public Facility Funding, also through the CDBG Program, is anticipated to be approximately $660,000 which can be allocated for capital improvements benefiting the low to moderate income population.

Hoboken was designated as an Entitlement Community under the CDBG program by HUD starting in 2015, allowing the city to administer the application and funding process for the first time.Previously, Hudson County administered the CDBG funds, where all eligible cities in Hudson County, including Hoboken, applied from a combined funding source.  Under this new process, Hoboken will receive a greater share of CDBG funding.

Applications will be accepted through August 5, 2015 and funds will become available for the selected applications in September 2015.  Since the funding source is limited, this is a competitive application process.

Also note that the review criteria and eligibility requirements are listed in the application.

The City of Hoboken’s CDBG Program Goals are consistent with its adopted 2015-2019 5-Year Consolidated Plan, as well as the National Objectives defined by HUD.

Interested applicants can request an application from Christopher Brown, Principal Planner through the City of Hoboken Department of Community Development.

He can be reached via email at cbrown@hobokennj.gov or in person during business hours (9 am – 4 pm) at the Hoboken Planning and Zoning Office, 94 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Hoboken, NJ 07030.

All questions should be directed via email to Brown, who can also be reached by phone during business hours at 201-239-6642.

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