Hudson County Gets $6.2 Million in Workforce Development Funds

The Hudson County Board of Commissioners recently approved the acceptance of funds from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development for Workfirst New Jersey Services and other Assistance Programs for Hudson County residents totaling $6,221,031.

The funds will be used to provide basic education skills, employment, job search and readiness services that assist clients in securing employment and / or becoming self-sufficient.   These services are being provided to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and General Assistance (GA).

    The State Department of Labor and WorkForce Development for WorkFirst New Jersey (WFNJ) clients reallocation grant was for the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

Meanwhile, the Board of Commissioners has approved an extension of $203,963 from the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services Grant to address opioid use disorder.

      The Innovation Grant Funds will be used towards the reduction of opioid use, connecting individuals with opioid use disorder to medication assisted treatment and supporting individuals on a path to recovery.

     The funds will be utilized to help Hudson County municipalities address the issues surrounding opioid use disorder and drug abuse in their communities.  These funds will also be used to provide prevention, education, intervention and addiction treatment services to the residents of Hudson County.

     The funds are allocated as follows: Prevention, education, outreach to doctors, dentists and general practitioners – Partners in Prevention $33,765, Sober activities for youth: social/recreational activities for youth ages 10 and older – Partners in prevention- $45,000, Recovery supports: support/outreach/education, Hudson County Department of Health and Human Services “STARS” Mobile Outreach Vehicle – $55,000, Hudson County Department of Health and Human Services Administration -$10,198, $60,000 is unallocated at this time.

     The program will run from July 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022.