Lakewood health centers get $2M in federal aid to fight COVID-19

Asbury Park Press

LAKEWOOD – Two community health centers received millions in federal funds to fight the spread of COVID-19, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-4, announced. 

Ocean Health Initiatives, located on Second Avenue, will receive $1.18 million and the Lakewood Resource and Referral Center, on Madison Avenue, will receive $1.28 million, Smith said. 

The funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, a $2 trillion stimulus bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump at the end of March. 

“Helping community health centers, which are at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak across America, must be a top priority,” Smith said in a statement. “The health centers need to be in a strong position as we head into next week and the expected peak of the outbreak in New Jersey.”

Another $4.2 million was awarded to local governments in Monmouth and Ocean Counties last week from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s community development block grants program, earmarked for “COVID-19 Recovery,” Smith said. 

Those awards included:

Monmouth County: $2.3 million, including $753,000 in emergency shelter grant funding

Ocean County: $821,000

Lakewood: $835,784

Middletown: $156,171

“Other sites in or serving the Fourth Congressional District and other areas in the state that are getting federal money for their ongoing operations are in true need of this assistance, which couldn’t come at a better time,” Smith said. “We are not though with this yet. More help is needed, and more help is on the way.” 

There are nearly 398,000 cases of coronavirus in the United States, and 12,956 people have died from the disease.

New Jersey has over 47,000 coronavirus cases, second-most in the United States, and over 1,200 coronavirus-related deaths.

There have been 2,770 cases in Monmouth County, including 71 deaths, and 2,641 coronavirus cases in Ocean County, including 85 deaths.

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