Hudson Freeholders Approve Funds For Transportation, Substance Abuse, VOCA & Summer Youth Services

The Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders has approved the acceptance of grants funding for a wide variety of services. The Board has accepted funds from New Jersey Transit Corporation for $200,000 for transportation services and minibuses for eligible residents of Hudson County.

These funds will provide vital transportation services to eligible residents living in Hudson County.  The services include: transportation to medical appointments, recreational activities, nutrition sites, educational experiences and certain employment locations.

The Freeholders have also accepted $100,000 from the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety Operation Helping Hand Program.  the grant will be used  to improve access to substance abuse services.  The term for this grant is until August 31, 2020.   

The purpose of this grant fund is to provide a substance treatment program that will improve access to substance abuse services for youth and their families with credentialed healthcare professionals.

A $454,563 grant from the New Jersey Law and Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and Victim Assistance Grant Program, has also been received by the County.  The money will be utilized by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Crime Victim/Witness Advocacy Program.   This program provides a broad range of services, which includes notification, transportation arrangements and assistance with recovered property.   It also provides crime victims with case information and referral assistance to hospitals, clinics and social services agencies.  The grant period started July 1, 2020 and will run through June 30, 2021.

In addition, the Freeholders accepted $184,800 from the New Jersey Department of Labor Workforce Development and Economic Opportunity Fund to support the Hudson County Summer Youth Program.

The goal of the Summer Youth Employment Program is to provide In-school and Out of School youth and young adults, ages 16-24, with valuable, paid internships.  This will help them to successfully transition to the world of work.  They will receive readiness training in topics such as: soft skills training, financial literacy, resume building, entrepreneurship skills, diversity training and prevention of workplace harassment training.  This will provide exposure to different careers and opportunity to gain hands on work experience, earn a paycheck, prepare for a future career, interact with employers, learn about community resources and receive supportive services.

Freeholder Chairman Anthony Vainieri, the rest of the Freeholder Board and Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, all applaud this valuable internship program that is designed to assist the youth of Hudson County obtaining the skills necessary to transition to the world of employment. 

Finally, the Freeholders approved the County to apply for $701,000 from the New Jersey Department of Transportation Bikeway grant program for improvements to River Road.  This will promote bicycling as an alternate mode of transportation in Hudson County.

The needed upgrades would ensure cyclists safety on River Road (County Road-505) between Anthony DeFino Way/ Port Imperial Blvd and Bulls Ferry Road in the municipalities of West New York, Guttenberg and North Bergen.

Chairman Vainieri, Freeholder Caridad Rodriguez and the rest of the Board of Chosen Freeholders stated they are committed in their resolve to make North Bergen, West New York and Guttenberg a safe place for bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists.  The improvements will serve as a safer bikeway connection to access neighboring public facilities.