PRESS RELEASE January-28-2020

Third District Legislators Announce Multiple Grants for District

West Deptford – Senate President Steve Sweeney, Deputy Speaker John J. Burzichelli and Assemblyman Adam J. Taliaferro announced today grants issued from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs for various programs in Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland counties.

The Gateway Community Action Partnership received a $257,818 award from the Community Services Block Grant – Non-Discretionary program to provide funds for health, education, employment, housing and other services benefiting individuals and families with low incomes in Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland counties.

“Any assistance for people on the edge of making ends meet, of putting food on their table or keeping a roof over their heads is money well spent,” said Senator Sweeney. “It’s not about promising them the world, it is about giving them a lifeline at the time they need it the most. Gateway Community Action Partnership is a terrific organization and investing in efforts to make LIHEAP more accessible is a great way to make sure people get the help they need, when they need it.”

“Across New Jersey, many low income families struggle to get by and greatly benefit from having access to programs and services that allow them to overcome the difficulties they face,” said Assemblyman Burzichelli. “These funds will have a positive impact on working families across our district, and will hopefully reduce some of the anxiety of hard times, as they work to improve their quality of life.”

“The funds awarded by Lieutenant Governor Oliver and the Department of Community Affairs is going to expand healthcare, education, employment and housing services for low-income families around the district,” said Assemblyman Taliaferro. “This grant funding will provide crucial community services for countless individuals in Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland counties.”

The following grants were awarded from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) CWA Administration program under the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, to administer the intake and eligibility determination of prospective beneficiaries of LIHEAP, including the accurate input of verified client information into the Family Assistance Management Information System:

  • $9,031 for Cumberland County
  • $3,786 for Salem County Board of Social Services
  • $8,698 for Gloucester County

The following grants were awarded from the Universal Service Fund – CWA Administration program under the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, to administer the intake and eligibility determination of prospective beneficiaries of the Universal Service Fund, including the accurate input of verified client information into the Family Assistance Management Information System:

  • $5,799 for Gloucester County
  • $6,021 for Cumberland County
  • $2,523 for Salem County Board of Social Services

The Gateway Community Action Partnership aims to help low to moderate income residents of Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties identify and overcome barriers to self-sufficiency, and improve their quality of life. The organization became a Community Action Partnership (CAP) in 1987 and operates in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

LIHEAP helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs.

The State of New Jersey created the Universal Service Fund (USF) program to help make energy bills more affordable for low income customers. The goal of the USF program is to help ensure that income eligible New Jersey utility customers pay no more than 6% of their annual income for their natural gas and electric service combined. Households with income equal to or less than 175% of the Federal Poverty Level are income eligible.

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