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Gottheimer joins Bergen County Habitat for Humanity, building affordable veteran housing

WESTWOOD, NJ (Bergen County) — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) Monday joined Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County, which received two rounds of PPP investment, to help local volunteers build affordable housing for local veterans and families. Gottheimer and Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County also marked “Women Build Week,” which brings together women from throughout local communities to volunteer.

The construction taking place in Westwood is for a three-bedroom home, which will be made available for an honorably discharged U.S. military veteran within the maximum annual income limit.

More information on applying for the home can be found here.

Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County received federal relief investment from both rounds of the forgivable Paycheck Protection Program, to help the non-profit organization retain staff during the pandemic and to support their fundraising efforts to be able to continue building homes.

“Our brave service members and veterans have helped protect and take care of our nation, and it’s our duty to take care of them. I greatly appreciate all the work Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County and their volunteers do for North Jersey’s seniors and veterans, and I’m honored to be able to help with this new home here in Westwood today,” Gottheimer said. “It’s great to see how the first and second rounds of the federal Paycheck Protection Program are helping businesses and local organizations throughout North Jersey make it through the COVID-19 crisis, and help them give back to our community and those in need.”

Gottheimer was joined by Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County Board President Roxanne Camejo, Executive Director Teri Capparelli, Board Vice President Anita DeSilva, Director of Construction Gary Kuhl, and Site Supervisor Thomas LoRusso.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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