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PRAHD Receives Grant to Prevent Homelessness

Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc. (PRAHD) Receives $15,000 from Northfield Bank Foundation to Tackle Homelessness

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PERTH AMBOY – With a widening gap between housing and affordability, the Northfield Bank Foundation is taking a stand to keep New Jersey residents in their homes and off the streets. The Northfield Bank Foundation has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc. (PRAHD) in support of the agency’s Homelessness Prevention Program.

Through the Northfield Bank Foundation’s investment, PRAHD is empowered to provide rental and relocation assistance to eligible households facing eviction due to aberrant financial barriers. With accreditation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the agency will also provide expert case management and counseling to promote financial literacy.

“It doesn’t take much to suddenly face homelessness – an unforeseen medical expense, a death in the family, the unexpected loss of employment,” states Yvonne Lopez, Executive Director/CEO of the agency. “PRAHD’s Homelessness Prevention Program acts as a safety net, allowing clients to work through their hardship without having to worry about where they will sleep at night.”

With a rising number of cost-burdened renters in Middlesex County, inflation rising at a rate faster than household income, and a significant number of residents living below the federal poverty line – the Northfield Bank Foundation’s investment will greatly improve the quality of life for Middlesex County residents.

“We are excited to continue our support of PRAHD’s Homelessness Prevention Program” remarks Diane Senerchia, Executive Director of the Northfield Bank Foundation. “The Foundation’s efforts to grow and develop our communities cannot be accomplished without fruitful relationships with community partners like PRAHD.”

Since its inception in 2007, the Northfield Bank Foundation has given over $5 million to support education, health and human services, youth programs, and other community organizations across Staten Island, Brooklyn and New Jersey.

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