The Jubilee Center will become the home of non-profit organizations and educational centers

Following the recent acquisition of the Jubilee Center by the City of Hoboken, local nonprofit TRUE mentors will begin renting space at the center next month. Last year, the city purchased the Jubilee Center for $3 million, preventing the building from being sold to a developer and eliminating a community space that had been used by residents for decades. The acquisition was paid for with no impact on the municipal budget, using federal funding through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program.

The city will transform the Jubilee Center into a home for nonprofits and educational institutions, beginning with the agreement with TRUE Mentors. The non-profit organization will provide free individual, group and educational mentoring programs to Hudson County youth ages 7-18.

“Instead of landing in the hands of a developer, I am thrilled that the Jubilee Center continues to provide essential resources to our community for generations to come,” said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “I look forward to our invaluable nonprofits using this space, starting with TRUE Mentors next month. Thank you to our elected federal officials, including Senator Menendez, Senator Booker and Congressman Sires for secured federal funding to help fund this project.

“TRUE Mentors is incredibly excited and grateful to be returning to the beloved Jubilee Center,” said Katharine Samberg-Lawrence, CEO of True Mentors. “We humbly thank everyone involved in this arrangement. This space will allow us to host a robust schedule of enrichment activities, game outings, field trips and events planned for spring and summer 2022.”

Hoboken City Council authorized the purchase of the property in 2021 through a resolution sponsored by Councilman Jim Doyle and Council Chairman Michael Russo.

The Real Mentors will officially move into the first and third floors of the Jubilee Center next month.

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