Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced Thursday that the city of Hoboken will provide the Hoboken Housing Authority $628,927 in Community Development Block Grant funding for capital upgrades to replace facility boilers, improve lighting and upgrades security systems.
The grant is the largest part of more than $774,000 of grants that the city is giving to Hoboken nonprofits and public agencies that provide a variety of services to low- and moderate-income residents.
Bhalla said the grants will have huge impact.
“We are proud to partner with the Hoboken Housing Authority to provide funding for these much-needed upgrades,” he said. “I’m confident that, when implemented, it will provide an important quality of life upgrade for residents.”
Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director Marc Recko said the group was grateful for the help.
“The CDBG funds allow HHA to upgrade the physical conditions and security systems of the authority, allowing us to provide the living environment that HHA residents deserve,” he said.
Fourth Ward Councilman Ruben Ramos agreed.
“These upgrades to the Hoboken Housing Authority are long overdue,” he said. “Thank you to our federal partners, Mayor Bhalla and my council colleagues for working with me to ensure HHA residents reap the benefits of over $500,000 of facility improvements.”
The city will distribute the remaining $145,137 to the following nonprofit organizations:
- Computers 4 People;
- The Hoboken Shelter;
- The Act Now Foundation;
- Community Lifestyle;
- Hoboken Community Center;
- True Mentors;
- Hoboken Family Planning.