Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill announced that the Essex County Freeholder Board has voted unanimously to approve a resolution that will channel $164,294 to the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation.
With these funds, Gill stated, the total allotment for the Montclair group has increased from $60,000 to $224,294.
After the vote, Gill stated, “As freeholder, I’ve enjoyed the privilege of working with various community organizations to ensure that funding is directed where it is most needed and best used.”
Gill has served on the Freeholder board since January 2012. Of the vote,
Freeholder Gill continued, “The MNDC works tirelessly to enhance the
quality of life for all Montclair residents. I am pleased that this
resolution passed without delay.”
MNDC Executive Director Albert Pelham was also pleased with the
outcome of the vote.
“The MNDC would like to publicly thank our Freeholder, Brendan Gill, and the entire freeholder board for approving the disbursement of much needed Community Development Block Grant Funds.”
Pelham, who oversees the MNDC’s extensive community operations, continued, “Among other things, these funds will enable MNDC to assist clients who have rental eviction notices or PSEG shut off notices, and will give us the opportunity to employ temporary staff to strengthen and grow Winter Oasis, our existing after school program, and Project Life, our entrepreneurial program for high school students."
Pelham added that the MNDC has proposed a job readiness program for 18 to 25 year old residents. This proposal will be brought closer to fruition with this funding.
Brendan Gill is currently serving a three-year term as Essex County
Fifth District Freeholder. Gill represents the municipalities of Montclair, Belleville, Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, and Nutley on the Board of Chosen Freeholders.
This information is from a press release from Brendan Gill's office.