Menendez, Booker Announce $1.7M in Federal Funding to Assist Low-Income NJ Families Achieve Financial Independence

Menendez, Booker Announce $1.7M in Federal Funding to Assist Low-Income NJ Families Achieve Financial Independence


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced the awarding of a combined $1,703,901.00 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fund the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program, which helps families enrolled in federally assisted housing programs increase their income and build savings.

“The Family Self Sufficiency program provides families receiving federal housing assistance a key pathway to success,” said Sen. Menendez. “By linking families to critical job-training, child care, and educational services, the FSS program empowers families to develop the skills and build the systems needed to achieve and maintain success.”

“Helping New Jersey families achieve financial independence through proven federal programs like this takes an important step towards strengthening the core of New Jersey’s communities,” said Sen. Booker.  “This federal investment will help lift up some of our most at risk communities by providing New Jersey families the tools they need to succeed.”

The following specific grants were awarded:

  • Atlantic City Housing & Redevelopment Authority (Atlantic) – $59,828
  • Boonton Housing Authority (Morris) – $69,380
  • City of Camden Housing Authority (Camden) – $49,886
  • Dover Housing Authority (Morris) – $32,185
  • East Orange Housing Authority (Essex) – $69,380
  • Fort Lee Housing Authority (Bergen) – $52,771
  • Gloucester County Housing Authority – $47,018
  • Irvington Housing Authority (Essex) – $69,100
  • Jersey City Housing Authority (Hudson)  – $249,247
  • Lakewood Housing Authority (Ocean) – $66,946
  • Lakewood Township Residential Assistance Program (Ocean)– $53,779
  • Madison Housing Authority (Morris) – $69,380
  • Monmouth County – $69,380
  • Morris County Housing Authority – $73,573
  • N.J. Department of Community Affairs – $72,000
  • Orange Housing Authority (Essex) – $68,506
  • Passaic County Public Housing Agency – $123,466
  • Paterson Housing Authority (Passaic) – $50,078
  • Perth Amboy Housing Authority (Middlesex) – $193,356
  • Pleasantville Housing Authority (Atlantic) – $72,000
  • Vineland Housing Authority (Cumberland) – $69,380
  • Woodbridge Housing Authority (Middlesex) – $23,262

Sen. Menendez is an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Family Self Sufficiency Act, which would improve the FSS program by streamlining the administration of housing voucher FSS and public housing FSS programs, broaden the scope of supportive services offered for families participating in FSS, and expand the reach of the FSS program to more families.