Mission
The mission of the New Jersey Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development is to improve the quality of life and the empowerment of the state’s Hispanic community. Its goals are:
  • Increased public and private resources invested in the growth, development and long-term stability of high quality Hispanic community-based organizations.
  • Develop public/private partnerships that enrich and promote the Center’s programs and initiatives in support of Hispanics across the State.
  • Provide the necessary tools and assistance in creating training and employment opportunities for Hispanics.
  • Facilitate the professional and leadership development of Hispanics.
Advisory Committee Members
Lydia J. Valencia
Dr. Roland A. Alum
Peter A. Aquino, CPA
Horacio R. Carrera
Clarisa Gonzalez-Lenahan, MSW
Alfredo Flores, Jr.
Eugenia E. Lawson
Kathy G. Monteiro
Elis C. Sosa

Abraham López, Executive Director
Contact the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research & Development
Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development
P.O. Box 301
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0301

Tel: (609) 984-6952
Fax: (609) 633-7141

Email: Feedback@sos.nj.gov
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Efforts to help the people of Puerto Rico

The Governor’s Office of Volunteerism and the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development have established a Call Center at 1(833) NJHELPS to receive information on donations and to schedule deliveries to the two designated National Guard Armories, in West Orange and Mt. Holly. The first deliveries are arriving and are being processed by National Guard members. Eldridge Hawkins, Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism is managing the donations in West Orange and is seen in the picture with Brigadier General Edward Chrystal and the troops. Cathy McCann, former Director of Operations at the NJ Community FoodBank, is managing donations at the Mt. Holly Armory.

For more information contact Abraham.lopez@nj.gov or Rowena.madden@sos.nj.gov

Eldridge Hawkins, Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism is managing the donations in West Orange and is seen in the picture with Brigadier General Edward Chrystal and the troops

The first deliveries are arriving and are being processed by National Guard members

More deliveries arriving and are being processed by National Guard members
Eldridge Hawkins, Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism is managing the donations in West Orange and is seen in the picture with Brigadier General Edward Chrystal and the troops.
AmeriCorps members from St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation in Paterson – assisting at the National Guard West Orange Armory with donations for Puerto Rico.
AmeriCorps members from St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation in Paterson – assisting at the National Guard West Orange Armory with donations for Puerto Rico.

Governor Christie Announces Information Line Open for New Jerseyans Affected by Hurricane Maria

In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and in deference to the half million New Jersey residents of Puerto Rican ancestry, Governor Chris Christie today announced the opening of a toll-free information line. Residents who are searching for friends and loved ones, or are interested in volunteering and/or donating to reputable relief organizations can call the help line to request free information and referral assistance at 833-NJ-HELPS (833-654-3577), as of 11 a.m. today.

The Department of State’s Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development and Governor’s Office of Volunteerism, together with the state Office of Emergency Management and Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness have teamed up with the Puerto Rican Congress of New Jersey and New Jersey For Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief to provide help to residents.

“Hurricane Maria has disrupted every aspect of life in Puerto Rico, and New Jerseyans are ready to help in any way they can,” said Governor Christie. “We send our thoughts and prayers to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, as the tragic toll this storm has taken on our fellow Americans is fully understood. We extend our condolences to those who lost loved ones and encourage New Jersey residents to get involved in the relief effort. We are confident we will be able to help this island that is, in so many ways, connected to the Garden State.”

The hotline is open to residents who need help related to the disaster. Assistance will be available in both English and Spanish.  The hotline will be staffed during normal business hours, but messages can be left at any time. Residents interested in learning how they can get involved with disaster relief efforts are encouraged to visit: www.HelpNJNow.org

“As they have in other disasters, our volunteers are ready to help people whose lives have been forever altered by this storm,” said Rowena Madden, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism.

NEW JERSEY FOR PUERTO RICO HURRICANE RELIEF

Did you know there are nearly a half million New Jerseyans of Puerto Rican ancestry that have been directly or indirectly affected by Hurricane Maria and need our help. The Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development is joining forces with the New Jersey Governor's Office of Volunteerism, New Jersey Office Emergnecy Management and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness to support the disaster relief efforts of New Jersey For Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief and the Puerto Rican Congress of NJ, Inc. We have setup a call center to provide residents with up to date information and answer questions. Affected residents are encouraged to call: 1-833-NJ-HELPS (1-833-654-3577). Help and information are only a phone call away.

Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

If you have not been able to contact your loved one in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, the territory’s Federal Affairs Administration is asking people to do the following:

Contact the island’s disaster relief team by e-mailing maria1@prfaa.pr.gov
Because of high volume, leaders are asking that you only send one email — no follow-ups — unless the status of your loved one has changed.

Include your contact information and as many details about your family member or friend as possible.

Call the Washington D.C. office at 202-800-3133 or 202-778-0710

Staffers are taking names and numbers and developing plans to check the welfare of people who remain unreachable or missing as the island begins to recover.

Officials say getting through to someone over the phone has been difficult because of backed-up phone lines.

USA.gov is suggesting the following:

  • Call the island’s local radio station WIPR at 787-777-0940
  • You can also try to find family and friends via the American Red Cross.

Radio station WKAQ, which lost it’s roof during the storm, continues to broadcast news and can be listened to online.

About the Center for Hispanic Policy

The Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development (CHPRD), (formerly Office of Hispanic Affairs) is located within the Department of State, Trenton, New Jersey.

The CHPRD was established in 1975 to address the needs of the Hispanic community, recognizing that it was imperative to pay particular attention to this segment of the population, which may have been historically neglected. The Office was mandated to provide funding for Hispanic initiatives in New Jersey. The CHPRD has an executive director and an advisory committee, all appointed with Governor approval. The Secretary of State serves as an ex-officio member of the advisory committee.

CHPRD administers an annual appropriation from the State of New Jersey. The CHPRD seeks to empower, provide financial support and technical assistance to primarily Hispanic community-based organizations throughout New Jersey and also ensures the executive and legislative branches are informed of legislative initiatives with potential impact on the Hispanic community. CHPRD seeks to aggressively promote a new model of community development that is focused on making REAL impacts in people’s lives while helping community based organizations achieve greater self-sufficiency.

We are pleased to announce the release of our FY2018 Grants Request for Proposal. Information on the FY2018 Direct Service Request for Proposal is now available.
We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Governor’s Hispanic Fellows Program, Class of 2017.
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