Grantee Blog 2020

Community Conversations

Healthier Perth Amboy partners have been meeting weekly to discuss best practices in sharing information around the Moratorium on Evictions in New Jersey. Disinformation is spreading around our city, including the belief that all rent will be forgive, and the belief that residents do not have to pay rent, even if they can afford to pay. On the other hand, there are many families who desperately cannot pay rent and are continuously threatened of eviction. Healthier Perth Amboy knows that evictions will lead to even more crowded and unsafe housing in Perth Amboy. Therefore, HPA is putting together a four-part series around this subject to be posted on social media and our websites. We are inviting experts to speak during these meetings so the most up-to-date and accurate information is shared. Experts include a representative from Central Jersey Legal Services and a representative from Ironbound Community Corporation in Newark.

Healthier Perth Amboy partners are also in the works of planning events that could help educate current and future homeowners about safe and healthy housing. One specific event is called the Housing Expo and will be held outdoors in June. We are inviting our partners from Code Enforcement, the Fire Department, as well as the Housing Authority to ensure that there is plentiful info available for residents.

Finally, we will begin work with youth volunteers in April to hold conversations with residents about housing during COVID-19. We hope to combine these conversations into one large video montage to highlight the need for certain policies, such as “Establishing Homeowner and Renter Protections During and After Covid” also known as The People’s Bill. This partnership is in partnership with several other New Jersey municipalities, including Newark, Trenton, New Brunswick, Jersey City, and more.

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Raritan Bay Area YMCA

The YMCA is dedicated to building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities through programs that develop the values of caring, honesty, faith, respect, and responsibility. The YMCA serves all people regardless of age, religion, sex, or financial means and is committed to developing a healthy mind, body and spirit.