DCA & CHPRD Award Two Grants Targeting Latino Youth

Funds to Help Develop Driver Safety Programs in the Hispanic Community

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) Commissioner Joseph Doria today announced the award of two Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development Grants totaling $80,000.  The grants will be used to develop driver safety programs in the Hispanic Community.

“The Puerto Rican Action Committee of Southern New Jersey and F.O.C.U.S continue to provide essential services to the state’s Latino Community,” said Commissioner Doria.  “These funds will help continue that progress by providing vital information about driving safety to young Latino drivers.”

The Puerto Rican Action Committee of Southern New Jersey, Inc., based in Penns Grove, will receive $30,000.  F.O.C.U.S., Hispanic Center for Community Development, Inc., based in Newark, will receive $50,000.  The funding will help to develop and deliver community outreach to New Jersey Latino drivers between the ages of 17 and 20, particularly addressing the risk of young drivers as well as drinking and driving.

Funding is provided by the Department of Law and Public Safety’s Division of Highway Traffic Safety and is allocated through DCA’s Center For Hispanic Policy, Research and Development (CHPRD).  The CHPRD works to empower the Hispanic community in New Jersey through inclusion in policy developments by ensuring access to services and programs.  CHPRD facilitates the professional and leadership development of Latinos, emphasizes the richness and diversity of Latino culture, and supports programs through funding collaborations with private and public entities.

For more information on the CHPRD, call 609-984-3223, or log on to http://www.state.nj.us/dca/chprd/.