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Monday, October 25, 2010

Neighborhood Health Center gets $1.5M in federal grants

Plainfield's Neighborhood Health Services Center (known to all by its old moniker of Plainfield Health Center) has been awarded over $1.5 million in federal grants, according to the Health and Human Services website (see here, and details for New Jersey here).

$1.114 million is earmarked for capital improvements to the health center, which has numerous trailers in its parking lot for overflow program space, and another $436,677 for staffing for increased demand for services, which is partly predicated on the shunting of patients to the health center after the closing of Muhlenberg in August 2008.

Though the Obama administration is loath to refer publicly any longer to the 'stimulus' and 'recovery' monies previously appropriated, the website prominently refers to these grants as part of the RECOVERY program.

As with much of the rest of the 'stimulus' monies, they have been slow reaching the communities for which they were intended (Plainfield's neighborhood stabilization program monies are also just coming online), and are of uncertain benefit in creating jobs.

The announcement, while welcome (the Ledger ran an item here), is not likely to benefit the Obama administration's push to get Democrats re-elected (or elected) next Tuesday.

The wheels of government turn ever so slowly.

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