Did you know the Community Block Grant (CDBG) is……….

The Community Development Block Grant is an important source of federal funding for community development improvements. Prior to deciding on an appropriate project Jackson Township must review the Ocean County CDBG Three Year Priority Needs & Objectives and select a project that meets the priorities of the County. For those municipalities with no designated targeted neighborhoods, which include Jackson Township, the county high priorities are:

In choosing a project, those projects that meet the category of high priority by the County have a greater chance of being approved and funded. Previously, Jackson has received CDBG funding for such projects as the Justice Complex Spray Park, handicap curb cuts along the roadways, onsite generator at the Senior Center, our barrier free I Can playground located in the Justice Complex, ADA enhancements to various parks and playgrounds, and various building renovations at the Senior Center.

This year, our project has been approved for the renovation of our Senior Center bathroom facilities. This includes many features that will be both beneficial to the users as well as environmentally friendly. The facilities will be barrier free, including auto openers on the entrance doors and all ADA compliant toilets. There will be LED lights, toilets and faucets with auto touch features, touch less hand dryers, low flow fixtures in the sinks and toilet areas, and all of the products will be of recycled content.

The Senior Center serves as a focal point for many programs and services relating to the public as well as our seniors here in Jackson Township. The Jackson Senior Center is in full swing throughout the year with low or no cost programs that are user friendly. We offer various fitness classes, including Zumba Gold, senior aerobics, and Slow Flow Yoga, as well as assorted exercises that can be modified for most fitness levels. We are proud to say all of these classes are sponsored and are offered at no charge to our seniors.

Local businesses have continued to support our Senior Center’s special events. Cooking demos, monthly birthday parties, pizza days, the Senior Center Volunteer Luncheon, and BINGO are just to name a few. These events are not to be missed! The Center also is the host to events and parties for the various holidays. There is a small fee charged to attend these programs as they always offer a hot lunch and great entertainment!

In addition to senior activities the Center hosts a variety of special programs. It also serves as a cooling station, a warming station, and a shelter during emergency situations. For information on everything offered at the Senior Center please call the office at (732) 928-2313.