Senator Diane Allen announced today that $46.7 million in state funding has been approved to support $103 million in school construction projects across Burlington County. The funding approved by the Christie Administration will go to support 67 projects in 20 school districts throughout the county, including multiple projects in the 7th District.
“This significant investment from the state will make it much easier for local districts to provide a topnotch education to all students,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “A child’s environment greatly impacts their ability to learn. Assuring our classrooms and schools are safe, modern facilities equipped with necessary resources will go a long ways in helping students achieve their fullest potential.”
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) is pleased to announce that Burlington City has been awarded $600,000 to help rehabilitate low income homes and to make Memorial Hall, home of American Legion Post 79, better accessible to those with disabilities. The funding is being awarded through the state Department of Community Affairs Division of Housing and Community Resources Small Cities Community Development Block Grant program.
Of the funds, $200,000 will be used to rehabilitate up to 10 single family, low income owner-occupied homes in Burlington City. The remainder will be used to correct ADA-deficiencies at Memorial Hall, located at 540 High Street, and to install or reconstruct ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps.
State Sen. Diane Allen was lauded by her female colleagues in the Senate and Assembly Republican caucuses today after she was named the new President of the National Order of Women Legislators (NOWL) last night in Washington, DC. The National Foundation for Women Legislators is holding its annual Capital Forum in the nation’s capital and celebrating its 75th anniversary.
Allen was joined at the conference by Assembly Republicans Alison Littell McHose, Caroline Casagrande, Nancy F. Muñoz, and DiAnne Gove. Allen, who has served in New Jersey’s Legislature since 1996, succeeds outgoing NOWL President Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson from South Carolina.
“During 17 years in the state Legislature, Diane Allen has been a trailblazer who played a crucial role in changing the political landscape at the Statehouse, where 35 elected women hold almost 30 percent of the seats in both houses,” said McHose, R-Sussex, Warren and Morris. “I congratulate Senator Allen for her well-deserved selection to serve as President of this proud and growing organization, and commend the NOWL for making the right choice.”
The National Order of Women Legislators issued the following press release today about Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) being president of the organization:
The National Order of Women Legislators proudly announces New Jersey State Senator Diane Allen will be installed as the new president at the Women of the Future Installation dinner tonight. The bipartisan organization has been a resource for women in government for 75 years.
“We are so happy to have Senator Allen taking over as President of the NOWL,” said immediate past President Joyce Dickerson. “I know she will hit the ground running and take this great organization to the next level.”
The Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to require emergency shelters for the homeless to admit persons with a mental illness so long as the person poses no risk to others.
“Having a mental illness should in no way preclude someone from being given shelter in a time of need,” Allen said. “Those who are homeless and suffering from mental illness face enough challenges already without enduring unfair discrimination and being left in the cold.”
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) announced today that People First!, a housing services agency serving the county, has been awarded $221,828 from the state Department of Community Affairs Shelter Support program.
People First!, a subsidiary of The Affordable Homes Group, is a social service agency which specializes in providing case management and social services to people unable to live independently, whether homeless or in need of supportive housing to keep from becoming homeless. People First! partners with its sister company, The Salt & Light Company, Inc., to provide housing to its vast array of clients.
“In times where many government resources are stretched thin, social service organizations like People First! play an integral role in meeting many needs in our communities,” Allen said. “There’s little as important as having a warm, safe place to call home and this funding will go a long way in allowing People First! to help those in the county who are in need of housing. With the temperatures growing colder, it’s more important now than ever that the dedicated agencies serving those in need of housing have resources available to meet the need.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen protecting the confidentiality of conversations between emergency services personnel and peer counselors was advanced today by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee. The bill, S-2840, also provides that peer counselors are privileged against examination as a witness in civil or criminal proceedings.
“Police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians respond daily to dangerous calls and horrific tragedies that can cause them to suffer high levels of stress, anxiety and depression,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “These brave men and women deserve every opportunity to seek the help they need in dealing with the ill effects of their service. Assuring that conversations with a peer counselor are confidential and protected will go a long way in helping some feel comfortable in taking advantage of help that’s available to them.”
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) is being honored tonight by the Family Resource Network as their Legislator of the Year for 2013.
“I’m honored to receive this award from an organization that does so much to serve and support the families of those who have special needs,” said Allen. “Those with the Family Resource Network deserve much credit for their tireless service to some of New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents.
“It’s critical that those with special needs and the loving families who support them be provided the resources and services needed to assure they are able to lead whole and satisfying lives,” Allen added. “It’s been my privilege to work with the Family Resource Network to make that support a reality for more people.”
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) announced today that two 7th District municipalities have been awarded $337,400 in federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds to protect against future storms and disasters through increased energy resilience. The program is part of the Christie Administration’s efforts to rebuild stronger after Superstorm Sandy.
“Unfortunately, Superstorm Sandy likely won’t be the last disaster to strike this state and that means our communities have to be prepared for whatever could come next,” said Allen. “This funding will go a long way toward supporting a variety of technologies that will enable our communities to be more resilient.”
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) announced today that a $198,404 state grant has been awarded to the Burlington County Community Action Program to assist residents with their heat and utility bills.
The grant was awarded as part of the Department of Community Affairs Universal Service Fund Program and will be utilized by the Burlington County Community Action Program to assist eligible county utility customers with their household energy costs.
“These funds will provide crucial assistance to residents struggling to heat their homes or pay their electric bills,” said Allen. “Families working hard to make ends meet during these difficult economic times shouldn’t be left in the cold.