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$1.46 billion

November 14, 2013

The federal government announced Wednesday that New Jersey is eligible for an additional $1.46 billion in Community Development Block Grants, bringing the total to nearly $3.3 billion.

However, this second round of funding comes with strings attached. The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is demanding that the state provide for additional transparency in terms of how it determines grant recipients, both by holding at least one public hearing and a 30-day public comment period, as well as with timely information regarding the Action Plan on a comprehensive website.

Adam Gordon, staff attorney for the Fair Share Housing Center, which recently sued the Christie administration in order to get more information on how the first round of CDBG grants is being spent, said the new requirements are a response to complaints regarding lack of transparency and public participation in the decisions.

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