Menendez, Booker Announce $140M in Federal Funding to Revitalize Communities, Create Affordable Housing in NJ

Menendez, Booker Announce $140M in Federal Funding to Revitalize Communities, Create Affordable Housing in NJ

Senators pledge to fight Trump plans to eliminate housing, community development programs in 2020 budget


NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker announced today the awarding of $139,032,500 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) to support the revitalization and stimulate the economies of communities across New Jersey.  CPD grants help build up communities, redevelop neighborhoods, and expand access to affordable housing, services for low-income families, and homelessness prevention programs.

“As a former mayor, I recognize the importance of investing in our communities, spurring economic developments and job creation and providing residents with safe, affordable housing and services that low-income individuals and families rely on to overcome obstacles and fulfill their potential,” said Sen. Menendez, the ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development. “While this administration works to eliminate vital housing and community development programs, I will continue to fight for these critical federal investments to ensure New Jersey’s communities can provide and expand economic opportunities for their residents.”

“During my time as a housing advocate and later as the Mayor of Newark, I saw firsthand the challenges that families face when trying to find a decent place to live, and how access to safe and affordable housing can transform people’s lives,” said Sen. Booker. “Federal investments like these are crucial to lifting up our communities and creating long-lasting change for all New Jerseyans.”

The funding announced today consists of four specific grant opportunities: The Community Development Block (CDBG) Grant, the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), the HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program.

President Trump’s 2020 HUD budget proposal includes the elimination of the CDBG and HOME programs.

Camden County, which is receiving a total of $3,660,239 in CDBG, ESG and HOME grants, will be using their funds to support social services, home improvement projects, the first-time homebuyer program and homeless prevention programs.

“These critical funds help us focus on housing and social services that make the foundation of our community stronger and provide more access and opportunities to home ownership for our residents,” said Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “This programming will help put more residents into permanent housing and pave the way for new housing options to enhance and improve the quality of life, making a significant impact throughout the region.”

Newark is receiving a total of $16,054,608 in CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA grants, will use their federal money to support transitional housing for homeless individuals, expand emergency shelters, and help individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

“The $16 million in grants that Senator Melendez has helped us obtain for Newark will help us enormously in providing decent housing to our most vulnerable residents. It will enable us to move forward with our plans to provide transitional housing for the homeless as well as expanding the capacity of our emergency shelters. It will also help us create more decent housing that our lowest income residents and those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS can afford,’ said Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. “And the Community Development Block Grant will give us flexibility to meet the housing, community and economic needs of low and moderate residents is a variety of ways.”

Irvington will use their $1,513,980 in CDBG and HOME grants to develop new affordable housing and increase neighborhood revitalization efforts through the rehabilitation of housing, sidewalks and curb appeal.

“The CDBG and HOME Grants have enabled the Township to provide a vast array of services to benefit our residents. We are pleased to learn that we have received continued funding as the funds will enable us to continue existing services and launch new initiatives to ensure that all segments of our population benefit from the programs and services that the HOME and CDBG Grants support,” said Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss. “On behalf of our resident’s, I express my sincere gratitude to Senator Menendez for his leadership and advocacy on behalf of his constituents to ensure that these very valuable grants continue to be available to our municipalities.”

The following communities are receiving funding from the below programs:



  • Asbury Park              $386,843
  • Atlantic City               $1,214,260
  • Bayonne                    $1,533,452
  • Bloomfield                 $1,007,693
  • Brick Township        $299,207
  • Bridgeton                   $318,251
  • Camden                     $2,386,564
  • Cherry Hill                 $445,078
  • Clifton                        $1,076,496
  • East Orange             $1,440,036
  • Edison                       $543,858
  • Elizabeth                   $1,574,365
  • Ewing Township      $229,019
  • Franklin Township   $265,058
  • Gloucester Twp        $294,485
  • Hamilton                    $614,817
  • Hoboken City            $1,062,187
  • Howell Township     $182,923
  • Irvington                    $1,105,103
  • Jackson Township   $177,384
  • Jersey City                $5,558,690
  • Lakewood Twp.        $1,047,682
  • Long Branch             $456,968
  • Middletown               $266,423
  • Millville                       $274,560
  • Newark                      $7,136,919
  • New Brunswick        $875,570
  • North Bergen            $618,614
  • Ocean City                $278,423
  • Old Bridge Twp.        $268,609
  • Parsippany                $223,600
  • Passaic                      $1,293,967
  • Paterson                    $2,277,792
  • Perth Amboy             $574,360
  • Sayreville                  $225,183
  • Toms River               $373,151
  • Trenton                      $2,745,820
  • Union City                 $1,019,605
  • Union Township       $614,714
  • Vineland                    $485,787
  • Washington Twp.     $154,218
  • Wayne Township     $194,422
  • Woodbridge              $635,852
  • Atlantic County         $1,217,645
  • Bergen County         $9,078,076
  • Burlington County    $1,455,671
  • Camden County       $2,418,965
  • Essex County           $5,196,315
  • Gloucester County  $1,193,197
  • Hudson County        $1,991,330
  • Middlesex County    $1,946,078
  • Monmouth County   $2,040,541
  • Morris County           $1,938,271
  • Ocean County          $1,175,084
  • Passaic County        $860,233
  • Somerset County     $1,084,811
  • Union County           $4,518,881
  • New Jersey               $6,842,709

TOTAL:                      $86,715,815



  • Atlantic City                 $428,991
  • Camden                      $731,746
  • East Orange                $485,678
  • Elizabeth                     $857,485
  • Irvington                      $408,877
  • Jersey City                  $1,925,273
  • Newark                       $2,467,446
  • New Brunswick           $483,322
  • Passaic                       $742,520
  • Paterson                      $823,238
  • Perth Amboy               $360,120
  • Trenton                        $743,213
  • Vineland                      $557,076
  • Atlantic County           $670,111
  • Bergen County            $2,625,823
  • Burlington County       $811,695
  • Camden County          $1,039,489
  • Essex County             $1,081,898
  • Gloucester County      $573,217
  • Hudson County           $2,507,371
  • Mercer County            $581,728
  • Middlesex County       $1,477,672
  • Monmouth County      $1,407,272
  • Morris County             $762,900
  • Ocean County             $1,281,999
  • Somerset County        $504,493
  • Union County              $1,161,189
  • New Jersey                 $4,845,826

TOTAL:                      $32,347,668



  • Camden                     $206,373
  • Elizabeth                   $150,884
  • Jersey City                $475,087
  • Newark                      $608,884
  • Paterson                    $192,721
  • Trenton                      $225,818
  • Bergen County         $771,935
  • Camden County       $201,785
  • Essex County           $440,579
  • Hudson County        $166,963
  • Middlesex County    $157,532
  • Monmouth County   $207,750
  • Morris County           $164,010
  • Union County           $379,822
  • New Jersey               $3,052,410

TOTAL:                     $7,402,553


  • Camden                     $1,046,026
  • Jersey City                $2,411,528
  • Newark                      $5,841,359
  • Paterson                    $1,682,883
  • New Jersey               $1,584,668

TOTAL:                      $12,566,464