Hudson Freeholders Approve Grants for Pedestrian Safety, Senior Services & the Homeless

The Hudson County Board of Freeholders have approved the acceptance of a $50,000 grant from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, Pedestrian Safety Grant Program for fiscal year 2021.

On average, a pedestrian is killed every 1.6 hours and injured every 7.5 minutes in the State of New Jersey.  Vehicular crashes involving pedestrians occur for a variety of reasons, including errors in judgment by pedestrians and drivers, as well as mechanical failures or shortcomings in traffic engineering.  As the most densely-populated state in the nation, pedestrian safety is a major issue in New Jersey.

The purpose of the grant is to provide and improve pedestrian safety education and enforcement throughout Hudson County.

The grant will be for the period of October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.

Hudson County Freeholder Chairman Anthony Vainieri stated, “the Board of Chosen Freeholders are committed to providing the necessary educational resources needed to inform county residents of the importance of keeping pedestrians safe. Most importantly, motorists who commit moving violations that put pedestrians at risk should be issued summonses.”

The Hudson Freeholders have also approved the a grant totaling $141,283 from the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services, in order to provide needed services to senior citizens living in Hudson County.

According to Vainieri, the purpose of the program is to provide certified home health aides, caregiver adult day care, medical, congregate nutrition, transportation, home delivered nutrition services, nutrition education and counseling to seniors in need.

The program runs from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

The Freeholders have also accepted from the State of New Jersey Department of Human Services, Housing and Community Development, an award of $126,071 to the Social Services Homeless Program.  The grant will be used by the County to assist in a COVID-19 Relief Fund Rental Assistance Program for the homeless population n Hudson County.

Approximately $10 million will be available through a statewide application process to provide rental assistance to those impacted by COVID-19.  Residents will apply online through the Department of Family Development.  Application from Hudson County will be directed to the Office of Social Services for review and approval.  Once approved, the Office of Social Services staff will refer the application to the Department of Family Development designated agency to provide funding to the landlord.

Finally, the Hudson County Board of Freeholders recently approved funds through the Department of Health and Human Services to Haven Adolescent Community Respite Center to conduct Youth Needs Assessment totaling $154,792 through fiscal year 2021.

The purpose of the program is to support a day services program for at risk youth, ages 12 to 21, who may become homeless or are at risk of incarceration.

Also, the Haven Adolescent Community Respite Center will create an assessment tool, to support a day services program for forty young people.  The program supports individuals who are at risk of homelessness or incarceration, due to a family conflict.  This services program will provide life skills programming support groups for young people and parents, recreation, food, counseling, parent coaching, crisis intervention, educational assessment and homework help. Haven Adolescent Community Respite Center, based in Jersey City, has the internal expertise and relationship with other professionals capable of assisting in developing the comprehensive need assessment.