U.S. Reps. Albio Sires (D-8) and Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10) have announced $2.5 million in federal funding for the North Hudson Community Action Corporation made possible through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Through the CARES Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued two major grants in North Jersey: the Newark Community Health Centers, Inc. was awarded $1,608,965 and North Hudson Community Action Corporation received $2,547,890.
“Our Community Health Centers play vital roles in providing comprehensive, quality care – often to the most underserved – in our community,” Sires said in a statement.
“As the coronavirus continues to take its toll on New Jersey, CHCs such as Newark Community Health Centers, Inc. and North Hudson Community Action Corporation are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, working to lighten the burden on hospitals and address the needs of our residents.”
According to Sires, the NHCAC served over 121,000 patients in 2018.
“I was excited to hear that Newark Community Health Centers received more than $1.6 million in CARES Act funding,” added Payne.
“Dr. Pamela Clarke and her staff are doing courageous work in the fight to keep the coronavirus from spreading in our urban neighborhoods and they need all the support we can give them. I am glad to know they will get the funding they need to save lives in Essex County.”
Essex and Hudson Counties are two of the three areas with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 5,078 and 4,949, respectively (Bergen County has the most in the state with 7,533 positive tests), according to the New Jersey Department of Health.