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Bergen Freeholders Award Nearly $170k To Friendship House In Hackensack

Freeholders give the Pledge of Allegiance to open the reorganization meeting.
Freeholders give the Pledge of Allegiance to open the reorganization meeting. Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- The Bergen County Freeholders on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution awarding $169,250 for various renovations to North Jersey Friendship House in Hackensack.

The source of funding for this project is Community Development funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which is targeted and administered by the Bergen County Division of Community Development as a pass-through.

“As a lifelong advocate for individuals with disabilities I am happy to vote in favor of these upgrades which will help Friendship House deliver programming for their clients,” Freeholder Joan M. Voss said in a statement. “Right now in County Government we are very focused on what happens when someone with disabilities ages out of the system. Friendship House is an invaluable partner in teaching our residents skills that will allow them to live meaningful and productive lives and find employment.”

The grant approved by the Freeholders will help pay for renovations of the Hackensack-based facility’s bathrooms, making them ADA compliant, as well as install an awning to prevent flooding of the basement where client programming takes place.

The funding will also be used to construct a new Training Kitchen, which will mirror the atmosphere of a commercial kitchen and be more fully equipped to provide clients with quality food service training, allowing them to be better prepared for a transition to employment.

“Friendship House is a vital asset in helping Bergen County residents with disabilities develop life and employment-related skills,” Freeholder Vice-Chairwoman Tracy Zur said. “All of us in County government are proud to uphold our commitment to our non-profit partner agencies like Friendship House for their dedication to finding innovative solutions to the challenges we face as a County in giving our residents with disabilities a place to go—and thrive—throughout their lives.”

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