Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The Morris County Freeholders have approved spending $3.7 million in federally funded Community Development grants to fund 44 projects in the county.

The projects were recommended for funding by the county’s Community Development Revenue Sharing Advisory Committee, and address housing, public improvements, public facilities and public services that primarily benefit low and moderate income residents. Four providers serving the homeless were also funded.

The projects approved for funding range from various types of improvements to senior centers in Jefferson, Rockaway Township, Riverdale and Mount Arlington to water and sewer improvements in Butler, Lincoln Park, Boonton and Rockaway Borough.

A children’s program sponsored by Jersey Battered Women’s Service, a caregiver respite program sponsored by United Cerebral Palsy of North Central New Jersey, and a family shelter program run by Homeless Solutions of Morristown also will be funded.

The freeholders also approved funds for projects that include scholarships for various child day care programs, Hope House’s Operation Fix-It and the Division’s Homeowner Rehabilitation program.

The funds are distributed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and are administered in the county by the Division of Community Development in the Morris County Department of Planning and Development.

For a full listing of awards or for more information, please call the Division of Community Development at 973-285-6060, or visit www.morrisplanning.org/contact.asp .