22 Jun CDBG, HOME & ESG One-Year Action Plan: Public Hearing July 2



On June 1, 2018 the County of Essex entered its 44th year in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The County proposes to fund the following activities the 2018 entitlement of $5,192,314 and anticipated program income of $143,922 generated from the Home Improvement Program. Additionally, the County will utilize reprogrammed CDBG funds in the amount of $250,000.00.

2018 One Year Action Plan Public Comment Period

The 2018 One Year Action Plan has been developed in accordance with the County’s adopted Citizen Participation Plan, which provides for and encourages citizen participation during the program’s planning process. The provision of program information began with individual municipal meetings and will culminate with a Countywide Public Hearing to solicit public comments on the 2018 Action Plan. This hearing will be held at 6 PM on July 2, 2018 at The Salvation Army, 13 Trinity Place, Montclair, New Jersey 07042. The meeting location is fully accessible to persons with physical disabilities. Persons unable to attend the Hearing may request a copy of the 2018 One Year Action Plan by contacting the Division of Housing and Community Development at 20 Crestmont Road, Verona, New Jersey 07044.

The hearing is scheduled to entertain citizen comments on this proposed Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership Program and Emergency Solutions Grant Program statement of objectives prior to submission to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development on or about July 16, 2018. The Division staff will review all comments and respond to EACH commentator in a timely manner. Based on this information, the plan will be presented to the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Statistics regarding the level of benefit to such individuals under each project/program outlined in this notice can be found in the 2018 One Year Action Plan. Beginning June 14, 2018 Copies of Draft Action Plan will be made available at the Office of the Division of Housing & Community Development, 20 Crestmont Road, Verona, NJ 07044 and available on the Essex County Website at www.essex-countynj.org. The Division of Housing & Community Development will be accepting public comments for a period of thirty (30) days beginning June 14, 2018 and conclude July 13, 2018.

All program and project records are available for inspection at the Division of Housing & Community Development, 20 Crestmont Road, Verona, New Jersey during the office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Interested citizens should contact the Division at (973) 655-0200 or fax (973) 655-0982.

The goal of the Essex County Community Development Block Grant Program is to enhance the development of viable communities by assisting in the provision of decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities, principally for persons of low to moderate income. The proposed programs are designed to meet the following objectives:

– To reconstruct, replace, rehabilitate, acquire or construct facilities including street, water, sewer, fire protection, recreational, parking, neighborhood center and barrierfree facilities. (See Categories II, III & IV)

– To eliminate conditions detrimental to health, safety and public welfare. – (See Categories I, II & IV)

– To conserve and expand the County’s housing stock. (See Category I)

– To assist in the provision of counseling, education, recreation and related public services. (See Categories I & V)

Listed below are the proposed activities for 2018. The activities are divided by project type and municipality. Numbers are rounded to the nearest dollar. The total of programmed funds and percentage of the total grant benefiting low to moderate income persons (including planning and management, administration and program delivery) is provided under the Program Information section.


These activities provide for the rehabilitation, stabilization and preservation of the housing stock, particularly that occupied by low and moderate-income people. Additionally, these activities prevent the spread of deterioration by improving homes and counseling tenants on their rights and responsibilities. This year $804,073 of CDBG funds will be requested for the following:

Home Improvement Program $432,933

Home Improvement Revolving Loan Program Delivery Costs $280,000

Tenant Resource Center $91,140


Funds provided in this category serve to eliminate and prevent unsafe and/or unhealthy conditions in neighborhood facilities throughout the County. In addition, funds are provided to the facilities for expansion and/or rehabilitation projects. These facilities are either located in and/or utilized by persons, the majority of whom are low and moderate income. This year $1,107,889 has been recommended to assist communities in the preservation and rehabilitation of the following facilities:

Maplewood ADA Improvements to Various Municipal Facilities $168,204

Millburn Barrier Free Access to Town Hall Restroom $34,055

Orange CIAO – HVAC & Window Replacement $30,000

West Orange Main St. Counseling – Window Renovation $17,200

Countywide Dept. of Public Works –Roberto Clemente Baseball Field $750,000 Family Connections, Inc. – HVAC System Zone 1 Replacement $18,430  Northwest Essex Comm. Healthcare Network (Belleville) – Ramp to ADA Entrance & ADA Accessible Restroom $35,000                                                Wynona’s House – Accessible Entrance $55,000

(Reprogrammed) Dept. of Public Works –Belleville Park Pathways Resurfacing $250,000


Funds provided under this category are used to replace, rehabilitate or reconstruct streets, sewers, drainage systems, roads, curbs, and sidewalks. This year $1,590,827 is being recommended for the following:

Belleville                                                                                                                      Roadway Reconstruction of Center Street $297,275                                            Roadway Reconstruction of Smith Street & Union Terrace $55,104

Cedar Grove                                                                                                              Playground Improvements at Community Park $52,920

Fairfield                                                                                                                                Sand Road ADA Sidewalk Extension Phase II $46,305

Glen Ridge                                                                                                                            ADA Street Ramp Improvements at Washing St. Intersection $39,200

Montclair                                                                                                                     Roadway Reconstruction of Woodland Ave. & Wheeler Street $112,340         Roadway Reconstruction of Fulton & Miller Streets $89,320

Nutley                                                                                                                                Ernest Street Reconstruction & Resurfacing $156,800

Orange                                                                                                                                 High & Alden St. Park Restroom Facility $120,000                                           Amended Colgate Skate Park $150,000

Verona                                                                                                                            Roadway Reconstruction of Linn Drive Section II $106,563

West Orange                                                                                                            Roadway Improvements to Tompkins Street $179,000                                          Roadway Improvements to Stockman Street $186,000


All funds provided under the Public Service category would assist in providing counseling, drug treatment services, educational programs, recreational programs and other supportive services for elderly, handicapped, youth and other low/moderate income persons throughout the County. This year $651,063 has been recommended for the following areas:


MNDC – Project Oasis Youth Program $19,600                                               Interfaith Hospitality Network – Transitional Housing Services               $19,600   Succeed2gether – After School Tutoring Program, Summer Enrichment $19,600   COPE Center, Inc. – Families Empowered Counseling Program                $19,600     Strategic Mentoring/Brother to Brother – Summer Youth Empowerment $12,100   Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) Soar to Success $7,840


Valley Arts/Circle of Excellence – Summer Education Program $45,000                    Main St. Counseling – Counseling Services $45,000

South Orange                                                                                                                Senior Bus $105,000

West Orange                                                                                                                Bethany Center – Outreach for At-Risk Youth $49,000

Countywide                                                                                                                             1st Cerebral Palsy – After School Enrichment Program $13,203                             ARC of Essex – Accessible Vehicle $29,400                                                                   Big Brothers & Big Sisters – Mentoring Program $6,860                                         EIES of New Jersey – Radio Reader Service $7,742                                                   E.C. Dept. of Citizen/Senior Services – Purchase of 2 Vehicles $83,300               Family Service League – Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence $9,800                 Victim Counseling                                                                                                         Jewish Family Services – Frail Adult Program $7,742                                           Mental Health Association – Vehicle Replacement $9,678                                   National Council for Jewish Women – Job Readiness $9,678                                   NJ Citizen Action – Housing & Foreclosure Education & Outreach $19,600       North Ward Center – Casa Israel Adult Medical Daycare $48,020                         N.W. Essex Community Healthcare Network Transitional Services $37,240  Opportunity Project – Pre-Vocational Program $14,700                                           The Bridge, Inc. – Behavioral Health Counseling $11,760


Administration of the CDBG Program involves the planning and execution of the projects, program coordination, evaluation, and monitoring provision of technical assistance and dissemination of information to municipal officials and the general public. This year $1,038,462 and anticipated program income of $141,143 is being recommended for allocation under this category.


In the 2018 Program Year, the County of Essex anticipates to receive an entitlement of $1,184,280. The County of Essex must reserve a minimum of 15% of its entitlement or $177,642 for use by Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDO). The following projects/programs will be implemented to address the housing needs of Essex County residents. HOME regulations require 25% matching funds towards the overall program. These funds come from various local, state and non-profit sources. All required matching funds would be used to supplement the proposed use of funds.

First Time Homebuyers

The program provides for down payment assistance and/or closing costs of structures for sale to first time homebuyers who are at or below 80% of median income. The program may incorporate a deferred payment loan in the form of a permanent lien repayable only upon sale or transfer of the property when necessary to make the purchase affordable.

In the case of properties requiring rehabilitation, all work will be completed and the property brought to Housing Quality Standard (HQS) prior to the purchase of the property by the program applicant. In many cases the renovation will be performed by an eligible and qualified CHDO.

Rental Housing

In 2018, the County plans to expend at least $881,305 on projects that support the production of rental housing and/or production of units for homebuyers. Once again, the County will be providing HOME assistance in the form of loans.

The Division plans on utilizing Reprogrammed HOME funds for new housing and development. The Division will amend the plan accordingly.

Developers will be eligible to apply for loans for the rehabilitation of affordable housing units. The units will be required to remain affordable to very low and low-income persons for the 5 to 20 year period depending upon the amount of HOME assistance per unit. These projects are:

Planning & Administration

Administration of the HOME Program involves the planning and execution of the projects, program coordination, evaluation, monitoring and the provision of technical assistance and dissemination of information to municipal officials and the general public. This year $118,428 is being recommended for allocation under this category.


The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act (HEARTH) was enacted into law on May 20, 2009. HEARTH consolidates three of the separate homeless assistance programs administered by HUD under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act into a single grant program, and revises the Emergency Shelter Grants program and renames it as the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program. The change in the program’s name, from Emergency Shelter Grants to Emergency Solutions Grants, reflects the change in the program’s focus from addressing the needs of homeless people in emergency or transitional shelters to assisting people to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. The County was notified it will receive a total ESG grant of $423,923 to fund activities consistent with the interim rule. Additionally, the County will utilize reprogrammed ESG funds in the amount of $86,171.00

Apostle’s House – Rapid Re-Housing Activities $31,069                                      Bridges Outreach – Project Connect Street Outreach $29,560                          Covenant House – Community Service Shelter Renovations $18,500               Integrity, Inc. – Emergency Shelter Operations $20,000                                     Interfaith Hospitality Network – Emergency Shelter Operations $26,500 Interfaith Hospitality Network – Rapid Re-housing Activities $70,000                Isaiah House – Emergency Shelter Operations $15,000                                    Salvation Army – Emergency Shelter Operations (Montclair) $20,000          Salvation Army – Homeless Prevention Services (Montclair) $10,000          Salvation Army – Street Outreach Drop-in Center (Montclair) $20,000     Salvation Army – Rapid Re-Housing (Montclair) $10,000                            Salvation Army – Homeless Prevention (Newark) $18,500                                 YMCA – Y-Care Shelter Nights $73,000                                                                   YMCA – Extended Hands (Rental Assistance) $30,000                                   Planning & Administration $31,794

Reprogrammed Funds YMCA- Y-Care Shelter Nights $28,710                           YMCA-Rapid Re-Housing $86,171

JOSEPH N. DI VINCENZO, JR.                            GEORGE F. SERIO, JR. COUNTY EXECUTIVE                                              DIVISION DIRECTOR