GBCA & TD Bank Expand Access to Affordable Housing in Bergen County
HACKENSACK, NJ —Greater Bergen Community Action Inc. (GBCA) is the recipient of one of 25 "Housing for Everyone" grants awarded throughout TD Bank’s footprint from Maine to Florida by TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank. The grant will allow GBCA to expand its already well-established Homelessness Prevention Program to offer additional rental assistance to individuals who are facing eviction as well as to provide security deposits to homeless individuals living in hotels and Section 8 recipients moving into a new residence.
Clients will also be provided with:
A case manager to assess the client's immediate housing needs and help develop an individual case plan with goals and objectives.
Individualized housing and service plans for each individual/family to identify specific service eligibility with a focus on locating, securing and retaining suitable housing.
Financial, housing, and social assessments of clients as well as client advocacy
GBCA’s Financial Assistance, Residential and Energy Services Division (FARES), provides programs designed to help low-income families/individuals focus on building financial assets and gaining financial education skills for economic success. Their Homelessness Prevention Programs have been in place since 2008, serving families with rental assistance, security deposit assistance and help with energy bills. GBCA’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program provides rental assistance and credit repair. Services include counseling, financial/budget management, assistance with rental arrears/security deposits and referrals. In 2011, GBCA received approval from HUD as a designated Housing Counseling Agency. The FARES Division also provides transitional and special needs housing for homeless youth, families, those in recovery from substance abuse and others who are mentally ill/chemically addicted (MICA).
About Greater Bergen Community Action
Greater Bergen Community Action Inc. (GBCA) is a progressive not-for-profit company working throughout Northern New Jersey to build more sustainable families, community institutions, and neighborhoods. It does this through strategic investments in community and household finance, education, healthcare, housing, workforce development, energy, and neighborhood revitalization. GBCA partners with a multitude of federal, state, and local government agencies along with private capital investors and lenders. For more information go to www.GreaterBergen.org.
About the TD Charitable Foundation
The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, one of the10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation has distributed nearly $199 million and more than 19,400 grants through donations to local nonprofits from Maine to Florida. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including the online grant application, is available at TDBank.com