North Bergen Housing Authority receives $246k grant from HUD

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The North Bergen Housing Authority received a $246,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help the agency better connect with their community.

North Bergen Housing Authority's Cullum Tower. Photo via northbergenhousing.com.
North Bergen Housing Authority’s Cullum Tower. Photo via northbergenhousing.com.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Helping public housing residents find decent jobs that pay a living wage is the surest path to opportunity and self-sufficiency,” HUD Secretary Julián Castro said in a statement.

“This funding provides our local partners with the resources to help more Americans build a brighter future for themselves and their children.”

The purpose of HUD’s Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency Service Coordinators (ROSS-SC) program is to encourage innovative and locally driven strategies that link public housing assistance with public and private resources, officials said.

Specifically, the grant aims to enable participating families to earn an increased income, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.

“We are very proud to be a recipient of this prestigious grant,” North Bergen Housing Authority Executive Director Gerald Sanzari said in a statement.

“Over the next three years we will be looking to expand the our current services such as: health screenings, financial planning, job training and other initiatives. I would like to thank our entire staff for their hard work, they were instrumental in securing this grant.”

The grant was only one of six issued to housing authorities in New Jersey, prompting congrats from state Senator (D-32)/North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco.

“I would like to congratulate the North Bergen Housing Authority for the great work they are doing for their residents,” added Sacco. “I am excited to see the new and improved services they will be offering.”