Pascrell Announces $1.5M in Paterson Public Housing Grants
PATERSON, NJ – Today, Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $1,544,606 in Housing Choice Vouchers to the Paterson Housing Authority. These HUD grants will be used for the relocation of current members of the Riverside Terrace Development in Paterson which is slated for HUD-approved demolition.
“These grants will be helpful in making sure that displaced Patersonians can land on their feet and more easily transition to new neighborhoods, new schools, and into better opportunities,” said Rep. Pascrell. “For so many in Washington, public housing is a forgotten issue and its residents forgotten people. I don’t forget either. As public housing costs skyrocket, we must do more to help our citizens bear the burden and find adequate homes for themselves and their families.”
HUD’s housing voucher plan is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. PHAs are awarded housing choice vouchers for relocation and replacements in connection with a HUD-approved plan to demolish or dispose of public housing developments.
Since entering office, Rep. Pascrell has worked closely with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to bring critical resources home and make sure New Jersey gets its fair share. Pascrell worked to obtain an $18,000,000 HOPE VI Grant from HUD which was critical to building the Heritage Community Center at Alexander Hamilton, a 271 unit public housing development in Paterson. In 2014, Pascrell helped secure $815,000 in Community Development Block Grants to promote neighborhood revitalization, housing rehabilitation, and economic development activities. In 2013, Pascrell worked with Sen. Robert Menendez and Reps. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ-10) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ-06) to obtain $10.9 million to build community housing for AIDS patients, low-income families, and the homeless. In 2012, Pascrell secured a $16 million HUD grant that Passaic County used to help recover from Hurricane Irene. In 2011, Pascrell worked with HUD to provide $500,000 to Paterson and Passaic County to improve homeless services and public housing. Rep. Pascrell has secured numerous grants to house the homeless and homeless veterans while in Congress. And in 2009, Rep. Pascrell worked closely with President Obama’s HUD to secure a nearly $10,000,000 award to support public housing in Passaic County communities. Rep. Pascrell’s advocacy was critical in securing $425,000 in HUD grants to help resident support services at the Belmont Senior Apartments in Paterson. In his first year in office in 1997, Rep. Pascrell helped secure a $21.6 million HUD grant for the Paterson Housing Authority that was used to revitalize the Christopher Columbus Homes public housing development.