Hudson County Community Health Centers get federal aid

U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker announced that New Jersey’s 24 Community Health Centers (CHCs), operating 135 sites statewide, have been awarded a combined $129.65 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, treatment, and health services.

The ARP set aside $7.6 billion nationwide for CHCs, also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).

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Of those CHC’s, three are in Hudson County: Horizon Health Center Inc and Metropolitan Family Health Network Inc in Jersey City were each awarded $4.25 million and $7.73 million respectively. North Hudson Community Action Corp. in Union City was awarded $10.44 million.

“When we passed the American Rescue Plan earlier this month, we said that help was on the way for New Jerseyans—and nothing matters more than the health and safety of our residents,” said Menendez.  “With this unprecedented investment in our network of community health centers, I’m so glad to say that help is here to ensure our hardest hit communities and most vulnerable residents have access to the vaccines, treatment and preventative health services they need to stay healthy.”

“More than a year after the pandemic started, New Jersey’s health centers continue their tireless efforts to care for our state’s residents,” said Booker.  “This new round of federal grant funding will help bolster their efforts and help ensure that they have the critical resources necessary to respond to the ongoing health crisis.  I was proud to fight alongside Senator Menendez in getting the Rescue Plan signed into law to ensure our country and our great state has the resources needed to continue down the road to recovery.”

According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which administers CHCs, more than 91 percent of health center patients are individuals or families living at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and more than 60 percent are racial or ethnic minorities.