HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 03-022
Alan Gelfand
(973) 622-7900 ext. 3105
For Release
October 9, 2003

HUD grants invest in people and places in need

NEWARK - Union County and Union Township will receive a total of $9,007,638 in federal assistance through the Department of Housing and Urban Development to stimulate local economies, produce affordable housing, and help
the homeless. In making today's announcement, HUD's Regional Director Marisel Morales said the funding signals
HUD's commitment to helping local communities design their own plan to help lower income families.

"The funding we announce today is an investment in Union County and Union Township's future - promoting
economic development and job growth, increasing the supply of affordable housing and helping our most vulnerable neighbors," said Morales. "These resources are evidence of HUD's continuing commitment to provide communities
with the resources they need to meet the particular needs of their residents."

The funding announced today includes:

  • $6,433,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to Union County;
  • $1,552,638 in Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) funding (a combined grant to Union County and Union Township);
  • $219,000 in Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) to Union County; and,
  • $803,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to Union Township.

HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program enables state and local governments to target their
own economic development priorities. The rehabilitation of affordable housing has traditionally been the largest
single use of the grants although CDBG is also an important catalyst for job growth and business opportunities for lower income families and neighborhoods.

HOME (Home Investment Partnerships Program) is the largest federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. Since 1992, nearly 700,000 affordable housing units have been acquired, constructed or rehabilitated and nearly 70,000 tenants have received direct
rental assistance. In addition, more than 200,000 new homebuyers have received assistance to purchase their first homes through the HOME program.

Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) help communities meet the basic shelter needs of homeless individuals and families. Part of HUD's award-winning Continuum of Care initiative, these grants also provide transitional housing and a variety of support services designed to move the homeless away from a life on the street toward permanent housing.

HUD's block grant programs are distributed by formula around the country based on criteria including population, income levels, poverty rates and age of housing stock.

HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities, creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans, supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as
enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet.


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