Gloucester County Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Program

The County has helped low and moderate income homeowners renovate their homes through emergency repair loans and deferred payment loan programs. The purpose of the Housing Rehabilitation Program is to bring owner-occupied dwellings up to local and state building codes and to provide more livable and suitable environment for the homeowners, increase property values, and serve as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization.

Click here for an application and more information

Applicants must meet income and property eligibility requirements.  You must have owned your home a minimum of three (3) years and must maintain the unit as your principal residence throughout the remainder of the affordability period in accordance with the terms of the Loan Agreement, Mortgage and Note. This program is a loan program.  It is a zero percent interest deferred payment loan which means there are no monthly payments; however, a mortgage will be placed on the property in the amount of the construction cost to rehabilitate your home.  No individual loan may exceed $25,000.  The lien will remain in force until repayment for which conditions and terms are further explained in the application and policy manual.  The application can be downloaded at the bottom of the web page.  Eligibility is strictly based on income, family size, and type of improvement.

Please note that this is not a remodeling program but a mechanism to provide eligible homeowners with the means to alleviate code deficiencies and provide weatherization.

 

Sweeney and Prieto Announce School Funding Plan Agreement

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Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced that they have reached agreement on a school funding plan that provides $146 million in additional aid to underfunded districts and reallocates Adjustment Aid from districts receiving more than 100 percent of their fair share of full state funding.
According to a release issued jointly, the plan includes $100 million in new school aid for underfunded districts and $46 million in reallocated Adjustment Aid, plus $25 million to expand pre-school education.  The agreement reached by the legislative leaders caps Adjustment Aid cuts in affected districts at no more than 1.5 percent of their school budgets.
Kingsway Superintendent, Jim Lavender, said in a post to the Fair Funding Action Committee Facebook group, “When we started this fight no one ever thought a rural suburban school district from South Jersey would have influenced the direction of future school funding allocations. But, thanks to our collective community effort, we did in a very big way!!! Today I’m proud, and relieved, to announce that after months of blood, sweat and tears, a school funding fix is in the making. Trenton has heard our cries and has responded accordingly. Details to follow but state aid coming our way for the 2017-18 SY via new state aid dollars and adjustment aid reallocations. Growth caps to be eliminated. Remember, it has been growth caps and hold harmless adjustment aid that has unfairly punished districts like Kingsway. This is the beginning of what will be a permanent and sustainable solution to how state aid to public schools is allocated. A big victory for Kingsway’s students, taxpayers, and community-at-large! Go Dragons!!!”

Head to the Fair Funding Action Committee Facebook group get more information from those instrumental in this effort and to join the conversation.

Foodie Fun

Food Truck Thursdays is your chance to head to the Swedesboro Auction Park (located near the corner of Locke Ave and Fow Ave) and enjoy some tasty food and drink from a variety of area food trucks and vendors! This is a family friendly foodie event! There will be some games and background music to enjoy as you dig in!

This is a free to attend event but be sure to bring $$ for food and drink!

Line-Up (so far) for June 29th:
-Manninos Pizza
-Manninos Cannoli
-Dave’s Original BBQ
-South Jersey Mobile Cafe
-The Tot Cart
-The Cow & the Curd
-Dibella Winery
-Giordano Water Ice
 
**We will post updates of trucks joining us June 29th as they become available**

 

Kicking off Summer in Swedesboro

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Town-Wide Yard Sale! What a great way to kick off all of our summer activities in the Borough.

Next up is our Swedesboro Concert Series: Dancing in the Street. We kick off this event Wednesday, June 21st with “Love Alive”. The show starts at 7pm, starting with kids performances, and will be held downtown on Kings Highway. Dancing in the Street is held the Third Wednesday of June, July and August,  all different bands!

  • July 19th: All Souled Out
  • August 16th: Frequency

Also in late June Swedesboro will be hosting a brand new event: Food Truck Thursdays! Food, Music and Fun, what more could you want? For all you foodies come engage in some family fun at the Swedesboro Auction Park from 5pm to 9pm. Line up of trucks with be posted as it becomes available.

  • June 29th
  • July 27th
  • August 24th