Newark's New Community Hangs Tough in Pandemic

Sep 21, 2020

It’s been tough going for nonprofits during the pandemic, but in Newark, one that provides essential housing and healthcare is hanging in.

New Community Corp., Newark’s biggest community development corporation, provides housing, healthcare and childcare to Newark, among other services. Richard Cammarieri, director of community engagement, said child care and education in the age of Covid have proved to be a test.

Dr. Richard Besser

Dr. Richard Besser, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and former acting Director of the CDC during the Obama Administration spoke with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle about his concerns over the national response to COVID-19,


Throughout the nation local and state governments are working around the clock to come up with ways to continue delivering vital services while they slow the advance of the coronavirus and tend to the rapidly growing cases of the virus. Currently our region is the leading national hotspot for this unprecedented outbreak.

New Jersey lawmakers want to provide state money to Planned Parenthood and other health care providers who have abandoned some of their federal funding.

The organizations gave up the federal money after the Trump administration imposed a new rule on recipients of Title X funding that blocked them from referring women to abortion providers.

Health care organizations including Planned Parenthood said they would rather forego federal funding than withhold medical information from their patients.