Hoboken Community Center will use $1M from state to upgrade HVAC system for affordable housing

The Hoboken Community Center will use their $1 million allocation from the state to upgrade the HVAC system used in their Affordable Housing program.

The Hoboken Community Center. Photo via Google Maps.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The HCC, located at 1301 Washington St., has a three-pronged mission that includes an affordable housing program serving 96 low-income men, the rehabilitation of the Community and Recreation Center, and the Hoboken Food Pantry (HFP).

The state grant will enable this essential HVAC repair, although it will cost significantly more, to ensure the long-term successful operation of the Affordable Housing Program.

“Since 1927, the Hoboken Community Center has provided affordable housing at our current Washington Street location,” HCC secretary and board member Toni Tomarazzo said in a statement.

“The housing program, which supports many residents with very limited incomes and limited housing options, does not currently receive project-based housing vouchers and is funded by rental income, social services support and private donations.”

She also noted that the financial challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic left limited opportunities to fund the HVAC repairs, and also thanked state senator Brian Stack and councilor Annette Chaparro (both D-33) for securing the funding. .

“When residents needed help most, the Hoboken Community Center and food pantry worked to ensure our community’s seniors and others could safely shop amid shelter orders, and it continued to be a truly amazing resource during the pandemic” Chaparro added. .

“Especially after seeing their work up close and personal last year, it was my pleasure to advocate for additional funding as part of the state budget. With this $1 million from the state, I am thrilled to see this amazing organization continue to grow and serve Hoboken and make a positive impact on our community.”

Mayor Ravi Bhalla, who praised Chaparro for bringing in the funding last week, remained enthusiastic about the endeavor.

“This $1 million to support their efforts will go a long way in ensuring that those in need of a helping hand have the Hoboken Community Center to turn to as we continue our recovery,” he said.

“We are pleased to strongly support the efforts of the HCC, and I thank Councilor Chaparro and Toni Tamarazzo for leading this effort to obtain additional funding from the state, along with Governor Murphy and Senator Stack.”

Additionally, Stack gave the HCC high marks for thriving and serving as a lifeline for Hoboken residents.

“I encourage everyone who cares about a better Hoboken and make sure that people who need help get it to learn more about the Community Center and their mission,” he noted.

In addition, the Hoboken Food Pantry continues to serve the community on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at three locations in Hoboken with takeout bags of groceries: the HFP at 1301 Washington St., the Multi-Service Center at 124 Grand St., and the Anniversary Center at 601 Jackson Street.

Customers also have the opportunity to “shop” non-food items, such as diapers, toiletries and cleaning products, at the HFP twice a month during Family 2 Family hours.

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