DCA Awards $375,000 In Grants To Hispanic Community Organizations

 Grants to Benefit Five Organizations Throughout the State

TRENTON, N.J. – Today, Department of Community Affairs’ Acting Commissioner Joseph Doria announced the award of $375,000 in Hispanic Policy Grants to five organizations throughout the state.

Funds will assist Hispanic community-based organizations in providing new immigrant services, education and domestic violence prevention in the Latino community, which is the fastest growing population in the state.

“These Hispanic community-based organizations provide programs that greatly assist the Latino community,” said Commissioner Doria.  “The funds will assist them in continuing the excellent work they have done for individuals and families throughout the state.”

HispanicFamily Center of Southern New Jersey, Inc., La Casa de Don Pedro, Inc., Mercer County Hispanic Association, Servicios Latinos de Burlington County and the Puerto Rican Action Board, Inc. will each receive $75,000.

HispanicFamily Center of Southern New Jersey, Inc., located in Camden, will use the funds for individual and group counseling for victims of domestic violence and to help link victims to supportive services.

LaCasa de Don Pedro, Inc., located in Newark, will use the funds to create an intervention and therapeutic program targeting children of domestic violence survivors, as well as children at-risk for domestic violence.

MercerCounty Hispanic Association, located in Trenton, will use the funds to increase awareness of immigrants’ rights and responsibilities, to encourage ESL and legal status attainment in the United States and to provide other support services to immigrants including victims of domestic violence.

Servicios Latinos de Burlington County, located in Mount Holly, will use the funds to continue to assist Latino families that are need of accessing and understanding the immigration system, its procedures, and other court related matters, as well as assist and provide education for women who are victims of domestic violence.

The Puerto Rican Action Board, Inc., located in New Brunswick, will use the funds to implement a domestic violence program in New Brunswick.

Hispanic Affairs Grants are implemented through the DCA’s Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development (CHPRD).  The CHPRD works to empower the Hispanic community through inclusion in policy development, and by offering services and programs that emphasize the diversity of Latino culture.  In addition, the CHPRD facilitates the professional and leadership development of Latinos, emphasizes the richness and diversity of the Latino culture, and supports the creation of programs to support the Hispanic community of New Jersey.

For more information on the CHPRD, call 609-984-3223, or log on to www.nj.gov/dca/chprd.

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