Grant for Planned Parenthood - from Community Development Block Grant

Glen Frieson
Caption at left.

As far as the government is concerned here in New Jersey, grants are still totally legal to be given to Planned Parenthood, the non-profit organization that was removed from the Susan G. Komen's list of recipients for grants this year.

Political pressure did not skew the outcome of the annual grant given to Planned Parenthood from Essex County. Funds for the Community block Development Grants, it should be noted, trickle down to the county from - the federal government.

In Essex County, non-profit Planned Parenthood was once again given a Community Development Block Grant - from money originating from the federal government and the county. (See related editorial, Susan G. Komen)

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (right) announced that Planned Parenthood in Montclair was among 16 municipalities

and 40 non-profit community organizations that received a total of $5.9

million from the Community Development Block Grant program and the Emergency Shelter Grant program on Tuesday, January 31st. The grant programs are funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Essex County Division of Housing and Community Development.

With the County Executive are Essex County Department of Economic Development, Training and Employment Director Anibal Ramos,

Freeholder Vice President Patricia Sebold, Freeholder President Blonnie

Watson and Planned Parenthood representatives Joanna Levin and Jane Celusak.

Planned Parenthood is instrumental in giving millions of breast scans to

women across the nation, and in helping to find signs of breast cancer.


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