FamCare, which operates a large health care network in Vineland and throughout southern New Jersey was one of 15 applicants awarded a total of $6.07 million in interest-free, forgivable loans by the NJ Department of Health.
FamCare’s awards went to four facilities in Bridgeton, Glassboro, Pennsville, and Vineland.
Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision overturning Roe v. Wade and other states implementing restrictions on and even criminalizing reproductive health care, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), in partnership with the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority (HCFFA), provides zero-percent interest, forgivable loans to family planning providers seeking to make facility upgrades for security or to deliver care to more patients.
“We must and will continue to take a comprehensive approach to making reproductive health care safe and accessible to all who need it in our state,” said Gov. Phil Murphy. “This is a matter of defending a fundamental right that remains under attack throughout our country. New Jersey will continue to serve as a safe haven for both providers and patients as we take additional steps to ensure protected, equitable access to this critical care.”
A total of $6,076,438 was approved by the HCFFA’s board for the applicants in the first round of this loan program.HCFFA has begun executing loan agreements with these other recipients:
• Planned Parenthood of Northern Central and Southern New Jersey (PPNCSNJ), including awards to eight facilities in Absecon, Englewood, Morristown, Newton, Perth Amboy, Shrewsbury, Trenton, and Washington;
• Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey, including awards to five facilities in East Orange, Montclair, Paterson, and two health centers in Newark;
• Zufall Health Center in West Orange; Alliance Community Healthcare in Jersey City Family Planning Center of Ocean County in Toms River;
• Hoboken Family Planning in Hoboken; and Rutgers University – Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine in Newark.
“These facilities provide much needed services and have already reported a substantial increase in demand over the last six months,” said New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority Executive Director Mark E. Hopkins.