APN’s E.D. in the Spotlight + More of Today’s News


Profile: Growing Up in Poverty Has Helped Shape Her Choice of Career
NJ Spotlight

The executive director of the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey, Renee Koubiadis wants to do nothing less than solve the problem of poverty…Growing up in poverty has influenced Koubiadis’ views and her goals for the organization. For one, she said the state needs to raise the amount of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits, formerly called welfare for families with children.


Baykeeper Funded for Plastic Pollution Research and Outreach
Atlantic Highlands Herald

NY/NJ Baykeeper has been awarded Urban Waters Funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 (USEPA) to further microplastic research, advocacy, and community outreach to prevent plastics from entering local waterways and contaminating the food chain.PA Region 2 Urban Waters funding will specifically fund NY/NJ Baykeeper’s activities to identify, reduce, and prevent plastic pollution, such as bottles, bags, styrofoam cups and straws, transported via stormwater from reaching the lower Passaic River and Newark Bay Complex. Project partners include the Ironbound Community Corporation and Rutgers University.


Coalition Pushes for Public Health Care Option in NJ

A few dozen organizations, including New Jersey Citizen Action, have banned together creating the NJ for Health Care coalition. They back a public option, because they say it creates competition allowing the government to compete with commercial carriers for coverage.


The 1st Annual Greenwood Community Street Festival: “The Point of Change”

This Saturday, October 15th on 4th Avenue in East Orange, Sierra House and the Ampere Civic Improvement Association are hosting the 1st Annual Greenwood Community Street Festival. This event promises be an exciting opportunity for the community to come together, enjoy music, learn about gardening, engage in activities for the kids, shop, get information from local nonprofits, and meet local business owners.



Old Bridge officials explain affordable housing options
Suburban News

The settlement of 3,109 dwelling units as part of Old Bridge’s Fair Share Housing obligation is in the hands of the Township Council. A meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14 in the council chambers for a public hearing and final vote on the ordinances required for implementing the 1999 to 2025 Housing Element and Fair Share Plan.


The above information was provided by the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey in an email, October 12th.