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Pre-Registration is NOW open for the NJEDA’s Phase 2 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program

You may be eligible to receive up to $100k in loans! via the NJEDA for their phase 02 the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program. We are thrilled to partner again with The New Jersey Economic Development Authority to help small businesses who are still struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

NJEDA supplies $3.5 million of $10 million in funds to businesses located in the eligible NJ Opportunity Zone census, companies must be in existence must be in existence by August 3rd, 2021.

AMOUNT PER BUSINESS/ENTITY Up to $100,000LOAN TERMS 0% interest rate 10 year term 24-month deferral

South Ward SID wishes you the best during this pandemic, we will continue to provide you with information and resources for your betterment. If the above program applies to you take advantage of this opportunity, any questions related to the Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program should be directed to 844-965-1125

You must pre-register from July 20th- July 30th to be eligible.



NewarkGo to provide 2,000 bikes and e-scooters for affordable, short-term rental; Program aims to reduce travel time and improve access to transit, jobs and city services

Newark, NJ–July 13, 2021— Mayor Ras J. Baraka today announced that NewarkGo, the city’s first-ever shared bike and e-scooter pilot program, will launch a six-month pilot this month, providing up to 2,000 affordable electric scooters and bicycles and linking Newarkers to jobs, schools, housing, health care facilities, the transit network, and other essential services. Two leading companies, Bird Rides, Inc. (“Bird”) and Veoride, Inc. (“Veo”), will be awarded permits to operate the short-term, shared micromobility service that will be available to residents and visitors citywide.

“While our schools, offices and businesses continue to reopen, NewarkGo can help Newarkers access all that our city has to offer,” said Mayor Baraka. “This safe, fast and affordable service is the first new mode of transportation our city has seen in decades, and I look forward to partnering with Bird and Veo to build stronger connections between communities and open up new avenues of opportunity for people in every corner of this city.”

Bird and Veo, which will each offer up to 1,000 e-scooters and bikes, currently operate in more than 250 and 40 cities respectively.  These operators submitted applications to the City of Newark’s Department of Engineering and were evaluated in accordance with the permitting process adopted in April by the Newark Municipal Council, on a first come first service basis. Newark’s shared dockless bike and e-scooter program will ensure that operators in Newark build on the best practices developed in cities across the country. They will provide service to communities in every ward, including communities with lower incomes and longer commutes; discounted ride options for qualifying residents; alternative rental services for people without access to cellphones or credit cards; and adaptive bike designs to accommodate people of different ages and abilities.

“These bikes and scooters represent an entirely new transportation system for Newark, making it more accessible, equitable and affordable than ever to get around,” said Janette Sadik-Khan of Bloomberg Associates, who served as New York City Transportation Commissioner and launched the nation’s largest bike share program, Citi Bike, in 2013. “Mayor Baraka is setting a national example for cities during the recovery by bringing more opportunities within reach of every neighborhood.”

“Bird’s mission is to provide eco-friendly transportation to all as cities work to decrease pollution and congestion caused by gas-powered cars in their communities,” said Sam Cooper, Senior Manager, Government Partnerships at Bird. “We applaud Mayor Baraka and the City of Newark for their leadership and commitment to bring emission-free, affordable and equitable transportation to the city. In partnership with community partners such as the New Jersey Reentry Corporation and the Metropolitan Baptist Church, we are honored to provide residents and visitors access to our state of the art micro electric vehicles including our e-bikes and custom designed and engineered e-scooters.”

“Veo is proud to have been selected as part of the first dockless micromobility pilot in Newark,” said Candice Xie, VEO CEO and Co-Founder. “Following Mayor Baraka’s lead, we look forward to working closely with the City and the local community to implement a micromobility program that utilizes locally hired staff and is tailored to Newark’s needs and priorities. As the only operator that directly designs, manufactures, and operates a mixed fleet of micromobility vehicles, Veo can’t wait to see Newark residents and visitors using our e-scooters and pedal bikes to get around the city in a new, safe, and sustainable way.”

Both companies will conduct comprehensive outreach and educational programs that will explain details of the program, including how to rent and return bikes and e-scooters, rider trainings, and helmet giveaways. These campaigns will build on the city’s ongoing rider-education and safety events, including a partnership with New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition, which provided a series of virtual and in-person events at locations around the city.

The City of Newark’s Department of Engineering oversaw the installation of bike and e-scooter parking corrals—dedicated the street and sidewalk space in Downtown and throughout the city for Bird and Veo bikes and e-scooters, providing predictability for riders as well as dedicated parking areas. More information about how to rent and safely ride e-scooters and bikes, the corrals, public outreach, and educational campaigns, and other components about the program can be found at the city’s program website, as well as on Bird and Veo apps.

About Newark Go:

NewarkGo is designed to support key goals of Mayor Baraka’s Newark Forward Agenda:  

• A Safer City: Promoting social distancing in the time of COVID-19.  

• An Empowered City: Generating foot traffic for local businesses, encouraging connections to our vibrant neighborhoods, and expanding the range of opportunities for residents.  

• An Equitable City: Providing convenient and affordable transportation linking underserved populations to jobs, housing, and other essential services.  

• A Collaborative City: Reducing road congestion, parking demand, and toxic emissions to enhance safety, promote walkability, and achieve sustainability.  

The NewarkGo program was developed in collaboration by the City’s Department of Engineering and Department of Economic and Housing Development with guidance from Bloomberg Associates, a philanthropic consultancy that works with mayors around the world to improve the quality of life of city residents.

About Bird:

Bird is an electric vehicle company dedicated to bringing affordable, environmentally-friendly transportation solutions to communities across the world. Today, it provides a fleet of shared e-scooters to riders in over 250 cities and makes its products available for purchase at and via leading retailers and distribution partners. Bird partners closely with the cities in which it operates to provide a reliable and affordable transportation option for people who live and work there. Founded in 2017 by transportation pioneer Travis VanderZanden, Bird is rapidly expanding. Follow Bird on Instagram (@bird), on Twitter (@BirdRide), and find more information at

About Veo:

Based in Chicago, Veo has been designing and manufacturing micromobility devices and operating public bike/scooter share systems for four years. Veo has operated in more than 40 markets in the US, including San Diego, Oakland, New Rochelle, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and will be launching service in The Bronx in the summer of 2021. Veo has never launched service without a permit or permission. As the only female co-founded and run major micromobility operator, we have taken a fundamentally different approach to building our company and conducting ourselves; fine-tuning our operations, maintenance, and recharging processes and strategies in communities before we scaled to the largest markets and prioritizing profit and stability over rapid growth.


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APPLICATION OPENS… Phase 4 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program

Hello South Ward,

I hope all is well. I just wanted to make you aware and hope that will apply and/or share that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is reopening applications for grants for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through Phase 4 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. This round of funding will provide grants up to $20,000 to small and medium sized businesses and non-profits that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Click here to learn more about Phase 4 grants.

In order to apply for a grant, you must pre-register between Wednesday, May 26th at 9:00 a.m. and Wednesday, June 30th at 5:00 p.m. Interested business owners who did not SUBMIT a pre-registration in April need to pre-register at

Business owners who submitted a pre-registration in April, but did not apply, do not need to pre-register again. Pre-registration IS NOT first come, first served, but businesses are encouraged to begin the process as early as possible.BUSINESSES THAT DO NOT PRE-REGISTER WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR PHASE 4 GRANTS.

Click here to pre-register.

Applications will become available in July, following the pre-registration period. Pre-registration and the application will be available in English and Spanish. The NJEDA is also offering interpretation services to support speakers of ten additional languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, and Tagalog.

Questions? Please call 844-965-1125”

Stay Healthy… Think of Others… Support Local Businesses

Newark Small Business Recovery Survey

Mayor Ras J. Baraka wants to hear directly from you about how the City can best support you as a small business owner. We recognize that the Covid-19 pandemic has presented small businesses with unprecedented challenges, and now it’s time to look ahead to the future. In completing this survey, you’re doing your part to make your voice heard so that the City can be as helpful as possible in meeting your needs. Your answers and identity will be kept private unless you specifically request follow-up.



Newark, NJ – May 12, 2021 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that the City of Newark is launching the Newark Small Business Recovery Survey, an initiative to help guide the City in its plans to help small businesses regain their strength as Newark recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. By hearing directly from small businesses, the survey will help the City get a better understanding of their condition, challenges they’ve experienced over the past year, their experience interfacing with government, and how the City of Newark can better serve them. The survey is available to all Newark small businesses and can be accessed here or by scanning the QR code below.

“We need to hear directly from small businesses about how the City can best support them. COVID-19 has presented small businesses with unprecedented challenges, and now it’s important to look ahead to the future,” Mayor Baraka said. “By creating emergency funds to help our small businesses survive over the last year, we have worked to keep Newark strong. Businesses are resilient and ready to bounce back. This survey will enable us to find the best ways to help them recover, grow stronger and prosper.”

“No ward is identical, but one thing’s for sure: our neighborhoods are struggling. We are grateful to have a good partner in the City, and we commend the Mayor for taking the opportunity to take a data-driven approach,” saidAnthony McMillian, CEO of Newark Downtown District. “I call on every small business in Newark to do their part and make their voices heard. In only 10 minutes, you can help shape how the City will allocate its resources to help your business and neighborhood thrive.”

The survey was developed in collaboration with Bloomberg Associates, a pro-bono consultancy which works with cities and mayors around the world. The survey’s results will help the City better determine how businesses and different industries across the city were impacted and what kinds of City actions will be most helpful for small businesses to recover and thrive. It will provide guidance in how to spend new federal dollars coming from President Biden’s recovery legislation.

The City will seek information on such topics as the most important COVID-19 challenges, changes in sales and income, and how the City could strengthen services and best help with recovery. All small Newark small businesses are encouraged to respond. The survey will be open starting today, May 12, for a period of two weeks until May 26, and will be available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.  It is being distributed online and by business and community organizations.


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2 GRANT OPPORTUNITIES: Love Your Block Mini-Grant & Land Trust Network

Hi Assembly,

Are you a Newark resident interested in beautifying and improving your street?  Do you have a specific vision in mind for your neighborhood?  Are there one or two simple things that can be acquired to help your block to function more abundantly?  If you answered yes, to either of those questions, then this mini-grant is for you.   Sign-up for a workshop and set-up a calendar reminder by clicking on the date hyperlink.

Thank you for your interest.  HAPPY APPLYING!

Andrea Mason- Newark People’s Assembly

We would like to encourage people to submit their applications in full online and to please reach out to Nathaly Agosto-Filion; or Jon Gordon; for any questions. 

They can also find additional helpful resources of what a successful grant application may look like by viewing our previously awarded grantees and the ordinance they followed on our website:

Here is the link to the newsletter.

NJ Conservation Foundation’s 2021 Franklin Parker Community Conservation Grant Program:

The purpose of the 2021 Franklin Parker Community Conservation Grants Program is to provide essential resources to nonprofit organizations addressing environmental challenges and improving quality of life for communities of color throughout New Jersey. 

Application forms and program guidelines are available on our website. Grants will range in size, with a maximum of $5,000. Applicants are expected to match the requested funding (1:1) with inkind and/or cash contributions. 

Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2021. Grant awards will be announced by June 30, 2021.  Projects must be completed by June 1, 2022.

Please see our website for application documents and more detailed information, or contact Heidi Roldan at with questions.





Despite rising violence in cities spurred by the pandemic, new national study shows community-based violence reduction programs continue to improve safety 

Newark, NJ – March 23, 2021 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka will join Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and national community safety experts to host a virtual press conference on Thursday, March 25, at 2 p.m. to launch the first-ever national association of community-based violence prevention programs to improve public safety in cities.

The event is a virtual press conference, and all media members must RSVP through the hyperlink below. Media may ask questions after the speakers give their presentations.

The Community Based Public Safety Association (CBPSA) will be comprised of key leaders and organizations representing major U.S. cities, connecting efforts from across the country to help advance pathways to safety that complement policing and reforms to the criminal justice system at a national scale. CBPSA will work to secure increased support to fund and build the capacity of public health-based violence prevention programs, which are essential to achieving and reimagining safety, especially in low-income communities and communities of color. CBPSA will also release a national study – Redefining Public Safety in America: A National Scan of Community Based Public Safety Initiatives – that details the various programs, how they work to reduce violence, and what is needed to bring them to scale. Among their conclusions are that despite urban violence created by the COVID-19 pandemic, community-based violence reduction programs continue to improve public safety.

WHO:             Mayor Ras J. Baraka 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Aqeela Sherrills, Executive Director of Community Based Public Safety Association and President of Newark Community Street Team 

                        Melvin Hayward, Head of Programs for Chicago CRED 

                        Dr. Gary Slutkin, Founder/CEO of Cure Violence 

                        Dr. Aquil Basheer, Founder/Executive Director of Professional Community Intervention Training Institute 

                        Fernando Rejon, Executive Director of Urban Peace Institute 

                        David Muhammad, Executive Director of National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform 

                        Julius Thibodeaux, Program Manager at Advance Peace 

WHAT:          Will launch the first-ever national association of community-based violence prevention programs to improve public safety in cities at a virtual press conference.

WHEN:          Thursday, March 25 

2 p.m.



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Newark, NJ—March 10, 2021—Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced that Newark’s program to vaccinate its residents without addresses began last night at the YMCA on Broad Street, in the first of a Newark-wide effort where the City will send nurses and practitioners to offer vaccinations to residents of 18 shelters across Newark. This initiative is in addition to the City’s ongoing testing of residents without addresses that began in May 2020.  

“A year after our first positive COVID-19 case in Newark and we are now able to offer vaccines to help protect and keep our residents without addresses safe,” Mayor Baraka said. “It is a goal of my administration to provide them with the services, shelter, and care that all of our residents deserve.” 

The City’s Department of Health and Community Wellness and its Office of Homeless Services are partnering with North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJRCI), who will administer the vaccines.  

The vaccination program is the third major initiative to provide shelter and care to the City’s homeless population in the last two weeks. 

On March 8, Mayor Baraka and the Office of Homeless Services Homelessness Czar Sakinah Hoyte unveiled NEWARK Hope Village, which uses converted containers to shelter residents who are at-risk or without addresses at 79 Newark Street.  

On February 25, Mayor Baraka, Ms. Hoyte, Claremont Development, and Arc Building Partners announced construction of the Miller Street Pathways to Housing Center, an adaptive-reuse project designed to create a 24,000-square-foot innovative transitional, 24/7, 365 days a year emergency shelter to transition homeless Newark residents into housing. The facility, which will also provide supportive services, is located at 47-63 Miller Street and expected to open in September of this year. 

With its population of more than 290,000 residents and nearly 2,000 being without permanent addresses, the City will also soon unveil a mobile strategy to offer vaccines for some of the most vulnerable population not staying in a shelter. 

Photo assets from the launch of the residents without addresses vaccination program can be found here.  


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Senior Press Secretary: Mark Di Ionno 

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a. The owners or tenants of lands abutting or bordering upon the sidewalks and gutters of public streets, or public places in the City, are hereby required to remove all snow and ice from the traveled portion of the sidewalks and from the gutters within twelve (12) hours of daylight after the same shall be formed or fall thereon.

 In cases where the building is occupied by more than one (1) family, then the tenant or tenants of the first floor or story thereof are hereby required to remove all snow and ice from such portion of the sidewalks and gutters within twelve (12) hours of daylight after the same shall be formed or fall thereon.

Land Banking Community Meeting

ewark Land Bank Community Meeting is happening today, Thursday, December 17th at 12 noon. 

Unable to attend, other meetings will be held December 21st and 29th at 7pm.  These meetings will focus on “A Resident’s Advantage”.

The meeting will be streamed LIVE on the City of Newark- City Hall page as well as on Invest Newark’s platform.  Please RSVP & Register at

Click the following link for Newark’s Covid-19 information: