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Drive-Through Food Distribution – Linden

Mayor Derek Armstead and the City of Linden in partnership with Mosdos Hatorah Dlinden are proud to announce food distribution of kosher food boxes for six (6) weeks beginning on Monday, July 25th, 2022.

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this event.

Click here to view and/or download the traffic flow map for this event.

  • What: Drive-through food distribution of kosher food boxes while supplies last.
  • Where: 139 Marion Avenue in the parking lot behind 1600 West Elizabeth Avenue. Please follow the directions provided in the flyer and map.
  • When: Mondays from 6pm until 7:30pm. The first distribution will be held on July 25th, 2022. The final distribution will be held on August 29th, 2022.
  • How: Please make sure your trunk is open before entering the distribution site. On behalf of our local Police Department and Traffic Control, please come down Stiles Street, turn onto West Elizabeth Avenue, make a right on Marion Avenue and a left into the distribution center’s parking lot behind 1600 West Elizabeth Avenue.

Drive-Through Food Distribution – Roselle

Mayor Derek Armstead and Y.O.E.T. in affiliation with the Council of Jewish Organizations (COJO) of Union County are excited to announce that they will be providing food distribution for six (6) weeks beginning on Monday, July 25th, 2022.

Click here to view and/or download the informational flyer for this event.

  • What: Drive-through food distribution provided by Y.O.E.T in affiliation with COJO of Union County for six weeks.
  • Where: Superfresh parking lot – 550 Raritan Road, Roselle, NJ 07203. The drive-through line will start at the corner of Wood Avenue and Raritan Road towards West 9th Avenue.
  • When: Mondays at 6pm while supplies last. The first distribution will be held on July 25th, 2022. The final distribution will be held on August 29th, 2022.
  • How: On behalf of our local Police Department, please follow the traffic directions: the drive-through line will start at the corner of Wood Avenue and Raritan Road towards West 9th Avenue.

Murphy-Oliver Administration Announces New Program for Struggling Homeowners

Over $325 million of federal funding to provide financial assistance and counseling for homeowners financially impacted by COVID-19 

Governor Philip D. Murphy and Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver today announced the upcoming launch of the Emergency Rescue Mortgage Assistance Program (ERMA), administered by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA). This program will provide up to $35,000 in assistance to cover mortgage arrearages, delinquent property taxes, and other housing cost delinquencies for eligible homeowners negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This assistance offers struggling families a lifeline, and can make other loss mitigation options, such as refinancing, viable.  

If you are unsure if you’re eligible, you should call 855 647 7700 to be put in touch with a housing counselor who can help guide you through the process and understand your options. To qualify for the ERMA program, homeowners must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a New Jersey homeowner with a demonstrated COVID-19-related financial hardship occurring after January 20, 2020; 
  • Own and occupy an eligible primary residence;
  • Have an income below 150% of their Area Median Income (AMI).
  • Click here to apply. The application portal will open for applications on February 8th, 2022 at 9am.
  • Click here to review program eligibility and sign up for program updates.
  • Click here to view the full press release.

Linden High School – Union Community College – Dual Enrollment Program

We are proud to partner with Union County College in offering a Dual Enrollment Program. This partnership makes it possible for your child to enroll in selected courses while in high school, allowing them to earn both high school and community college credit at no cost to you.

The teachers for dual enrollment courses are Union County College instructors. The curriculum taught in these classes is consistent with the written curriculum specified by the community college. Classes for these courses will take place virtually after the high school day has ended.

Students will take English 101, at no cost to the parent. Classes start on January 24 and end in May. Students will take virtual classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3pm to 3:55pm Some students will require an additional session on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4pm to 4:55pm for Reading or Writing.

Students must have passing grades in their current classes to be eligible. 

The deadline to apply is today, Monday, January 10, 2022, and space is limited to 40 students. 

FEMA @ Warinanco Park

Representatives from FEMA will be available at Warinanco Park at the Ice Skating Rink Complex on Thursday and Friday, October 7th and 8th, from 9am until 5pm. FEMA can assist homeowners impacted by Hurricane Ida and have not been able to receive assistance from their insurance company.

PSE&G Offers Tropical Storm Ida Victims Enhanced Energy Efficiency Incentives

Impacted Residential and Business Customers Eligible for Enhanced Incentives for Energy-Efficient Equipment and Appliances

PSE&G’s Clean Energy Future Energy Efficiency Program is offering enhanced incentives to help residential and business customers impacted by Tropical Storm Ida. Customers located in disaster areas designated by FEMA, who receive electric or gas service from PSE&G are eligible for these enhanced incentives. Residential customers participating in the program can qualify for an additional $200 for qualifying HVAC and water heating equipment and an additional $50 for qualifying refrigerators and clothes washers. Commercial and industrial customers are eligible for up to a 50% increase in existing incentives for qualifying equipment.

Customers are eligible to receive additional incentives to purchase qualifying energy-efficient equipment and appliances between September 1st and November 15th, 2021, and will be required to complete and submit a certification form to receive enhanced incentives on qualifying energy-efficient equipment and appliances purchased within this timeframe. For more information on qualifying equipment, eligibility and how to apply, please visit one of the links below:

Hurricane Ida Resources

  • Senator Booker’s dedicated page with Hurricane Ida resources can be accessed here. The page will be regularly updated as more information and resources become available. 
  • Individual Assistance – Assistance to individuals and households. Individuals in Bergen, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic, Somerset, and Union Counties can apply with FEMA by applying online here or by calling 1-800-621-3362.
  • Homeowner/Tenant Expectations when applying for help from FEMA.
  • Public Assistance – Assistance to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster damaged facilities.
  • Small Business Disaster Assistance: The SBA is offering low-interest disaster assistance loans to New Jersey businesses and residents. For more information and to apply, click here.

NJEDA Board Approves $10.5 Million Grant Program for Small Businesses to Support Recovery from Tropical Storms Henri and Ida

Will provide grants up to $5,000 to storm-impacted businesses/non-profits with up to 50 full-time equivalent employees

TRENTON, N.J. (September 8, 2021) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced the approval of the Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program at a special meeting of its Board held earlier today.  The $10.5 million program will provide grants of $1,000 to $5,000 for businesses and non-profits that suffered physical damage from the effects of recent tropical storms Henri and Ida.

The approval follows Governor Phil Murphy’s announcement of preliminary details of the program last week. The NJEDA has been tasked with creating and administering the program, which will provide short-term, immediate rent/mortgage reimbursement support to New Jersey businesses and non-profits with up to 50 full-time equivalent employees that suffered physical damage from Tropical Storm Henri on August 22nd and 23rd, or from Tropical Storm Ida on September 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2021.

More information about the Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program is available here.

“Countless New Jersey businesses endured the wrath of Tropical Storms Henri and Ida in recent weeks, and today’s action by the NJEDA’s Board will allow us to move swiftly to help those businesses in need,” said Governor Murphy. “Time is clearly of the essence and we are determined to get funds out to businesses and non-profits as quickly as possible.”

The Henri/Ida Grant Program is designed to assist businesses and non-profits impacted by tropical storms Henri and Ida. The Program will provide grants from $1,000 up to $5,000 to New Jersey-based small businesses and non-profits that have up to 50 full-time equivalent employees as reported on their last WR-30 form (Q2 2021) with the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL) and have a commercial location in the State that suffered physical damage as a result of tropical storms Henri and Ida. Of the $10.5 million available for the program, $10 million will be available for grants for businesses and non-profits impacted by Ida and $500,000 will be set aside for businesses and non-profits impacted by Henri.

Landlords and home-based businesses are not eligible for grant funding through this program. To be eligible, the applying entity must:

  • Provide certification of an unmet need due to damage and/or business interruption.
  • This includes, but is not limited to, flooding, interior or exterior damage to the building structure, roof damage, and siding damage, all of which are directly related to tropical storm Henri and Ida. Loss of power alone will not be considered physical damage.
  • Provide documentation of physical damage to the applicant’s physical commercial location.
  • Have been in operation on August 1, 2021.
  • Present a valid Employer Identification Number (EIN).
  • Submit recent wage reporting form (WR30), if applicable.
  • Submit evidence of an August rent/mortgage payment of at least $1,000 as well as have a need that is greater than $1,000.
  • Be registered to do business in the State of New Jersey, as evidenced by a valid Business Registration Certificate.
  • Be in good standing with the Department of Taxation and DOL, and if applicable, the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the Department of Children and Families, and/or the Department of Human Services.
  • Complete an affidavit identifying all funding sources related to recovery from tropical storms Henri and Ida, including prior grants, insurance, and Small Business Administration loans and grants.
  • Comply with any additional requirements that may apply.

Grants will be provided in the form of reimbursement of August rent or mortgage ($1,000 minimum rent eligibility). To ensure grants reach businesses in the hardest hit communities, including communities of color, one-third of the $10 million in funding available through the program will be targeted to businesses with a primary business location within the 715 census tracts designated as eligible to be selected as an Opportunity Zone.

“The NJEDA shares Governor Murphy’s sense of urgency as we work to provide support to small businesses and non-profits dealing with the impact of Henri and Ida,” said NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan. “The need for assistance is particularly dire, as these storms occurred just as New Jersey was emerging from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s more critical than ever that we do our best to help impacted entities return to normal operations so they may continue their role as the economic drivers of New Jersey’s communities.”

The NJEDA has stressed to business owners and non-profit leaders the importance of thoroughly documenting all physical damage as they prepare to apply for assistance through this and any future programs, including taking clear photographs and saving receipts for repairs and associated materials.

Comprehensive information about the Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program is available here. The NJEDA expects to launch an online application for the program at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 17th here. Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.

About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses call NJEDA Customer Care at 609-858-6767 or click here. Follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

Bottled Water Available For Linden Residents

New Jersey American Water customers in Clark, Linden and Roselle are advised that New Jersey American Water is providing bottled water at the following locations in Union County parks:

  • Linden customers – Warinanco Park Sports Center, 1 Park Park Drive in Roselle
  • Roselle customers – Warinanco Park Sports Center, 1 Park Park Drive in Roselle
  • Clark customers – Oak Ridge Park, 136 Oak Ridge Road in Clark

Water will be available at both locations from 5pm until 10pm. on Tuesday, August 3rd and from 9am until 10pm on Wednesday, August 4th. Additional information can be found here.