Renter's Review Launch Party, Newark Grows Mini Grant Program and more...

Join Clinton Hill Community Action as they launch an app designed to empower South Ward residents with transparency in the housing market.

Join Clinton Hill Community Action as they launch an app designed to empower South Ward residents with transparency in the housing market.

Clinton Hill Renter's Review Launch Party

Join Clinton Hill Community Action as they launch an app designed to empower South Ward residents with transparency in the housing market.

The app is designed to:

  • Empower residents to speak up and speak out against bad actor landlords
  • Provide transparency for renters when seeking safe, affordable housing through ratings and testimonies
  • Rebalance the current imbalances in the rental market by coupling the increase in declining living conditions with data for improvement
  • Act as a sort of “big brother” so landlords know they are being watched and hopefully encourage them to improve their housing conditions
  • Provide some form of immediate action to a problem through letter templates
  • Provide educational materials about housing rights
  • Provide news updates at the local, state, and national levels about housing

Register here to attend the launch event and learn more about the work of Clinton Hill Community Action here.

The Section 8 Homeownership conversion Program, through the Newark land bank, hopes to "increase homeownership opportunities for low-and moderate-income families."

Through the program, 4 families in Newark became homeowners this past week. You can watch the live stream here.

If you are interested in this program, click here to learn more and apply.

Need Aid Paying Your Water/Sewer Bill?

Jersey Water Works (JWW) offers a grant to assist residents who have fallen behind on their water and sewer payments. Join JWW Tonight, December 8th, 2022, for a virtual evening session on the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) from 6 to 7 p.m. The workshop intends to inform more residents about the program and how they can apply for aid.

Click here for the webinar link

Newark Grows School Garden Mini-Grant Program Info Session, Tonight 6PM

Through this mini-grant program, Greater Newark Conservancy will award Newark public or charter schools between $500-$1,500 to go towards starting or enhancing a school garden / outdoor learning classroom.

Eligibility:-Newark PreK-12 Public and Charter Schools-Must be for a school garden or outdoor learning classroom project-Only one application per school will be accepted. Multiple applications will be disqualified.

Funding available: Multiple grants of up to $1,500. Total of $10,000 to be awarded. Click here to register for tonight's info session.

West Side Tree Giveaway

This Saturday, December 10, 2022, West Side High School’s Advisory Board will host a holiday giveaway! You must preregister to reserve your tree, stand and light from 11 am-12 pm.

Click here to register

Mighty Writers extended their application deadline to December 15th!

The Mighty Good Fellowship application is open for high school sophomores and juniors.  Accepted students will earn up to $1,500. This group of young people will tell written, audio and visual stories about our neighborhoods, families, and their lives. Click here to learn more and apply. The direct link is:

Things To Do in Newark This Weekend...

Winter Wonderland at NOMA

Winter Wonderland is back with more seasonal performances and activities, including a capella singers, step dancing and gift making. Local vendors will be on hand to fulfill all your holiday shopping needs as you immerse yourself in multicultural joy!


  • 1pm-1:30pm | A capella singing
  • 2pm-2:30pm | Step showcase with Teens Step Up
  • 2:30pm-3pm | A capella singing
  • 4-4:30pm | Korean showcase


  • Snow globe making
  • Dreidel activity
  • Candle making
  • and more!
Click here to learn more and register

Zumba at Newark Public Library

Free every Wednesday 5:30pm-6:30pm. No registration required.

Click here for more info

The Newark Holiday Market

A holiday market at 33 Washington Street curated by Brownmill's Justis Pitt-Goodson features 30 vendors, artisans, and creatives launched on November 25th and still taking place this weekend. Click here for more information.

Weekend schedule for holiday market via Instagram

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