Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation programs operate during the pandemic

Director Samantha Howard reminded residents of the assistance programs available

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF) has been working to help residents cope.

Executive Director Samantha Howard announced that BEOF’s many programs continue to operate and serve residents despite the pandemic. Howard outlined the many programs during Mayor James Davis’s video address on May 13.

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Before she spoke, Davis reiterated that all senior citizen buildings in the city would be tested for the virus, echoing an announcement from the city council president just hours before at the virtual city council meeting.

According to Howard, through public and private funding, the BEOF aims to increase the quality of life of low income residents in Bayonne and Hudson County. BEOF seeks to accomplish this by providing resources and guidelines for residents.

The BEOF currently offers Meals on Wheels, HeadStart, senior residential maintenance, housing assistance, community outreach, senior transportation, cultural affairs, nutrition, and Say Yes to Literacy, among others.

Howard repeated that the BEOF continues to operate programs that can help residents affected financially by COVID-19.

“As we look forward to the economy reopening, the BEOF will be here to help you get back on your feet,” Howard said.

Recently, the BEOF has also helped establish a food bank in the city in collaboration with City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski and Business Administrator Melissa Mathews.

Energy assistance

Howard reminded residents that the BEOF continues to provide programs to help low-income residents pay their energy bills during the pandemic.

Those programs include the Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the Universal Service Fund (USF), the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEA), and Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE).

The BEOF asks Bayonne and other Hudson County residents who might qualify to pick up applications either at the front door of the BEOF office at 555 Kennedy Blvd, or visit and print out an application.

Residents can submit their applications by mail to P.O. Box 1032, Bayonne NJ 07002, or place them in a secured drop box at the front door of the BEOF office.

Residents can fax the application to 201-437-2220 or email it to Applications will be processed immediately.

HeadStart enrollment open

Last, Howard announced that HeadStart enrollment is open for students for next year, providing institution learning as well virtual learning.

For questions about the BEOF or its services, call 201-437-7222.

“Whether providing much-needed financial assistance or much- needed meals, the BEOF remains committed to providing services to our wonderful community,” Howard said. “Our city is generous, and we are grateful to have each other.”

The BEOF is taking donations for local residents impacted by COVID-19 at

Afterward, Davis reminded residents to complete the 2020 Census to ensure Bayonne receives critical federal funding, especially amid the ongoing pandemic.

For updates on this and other stories, check and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at

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