Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Housing Fund Cut Will Force Layoffs

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Housing Fund Cut Will Force Layoffs

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PATERSON -- The city's loss of federal housing money will result in the layoffs next month of three employees in the Community Development Department, city officials said.

The federal government this year cut Paterson's allocation under the Home Investment Partnership program to $981,000.

Under federal rules, only 10 percent of that money, or about $98,000, can be used to cover administrative costs, city officials said.

The city's current staff costs for the program are about $200,000, so the department plans to lay off three of the department's nine workers, said Community Development Director Barbara Blake-McLennon.

The three employees targeted for layoffs have been notified, but the decisions are not final because of ongoing discussions with the labor union, Blake-McLennon said.

"My understanding is that when we fill those positions, we let staff know that it's predicated on the availability of those funds," Mayor Joey Torres said. …

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