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Your testimony needed at hearings on ending homelessness!

This week’s hearings on homelessness are important and unique opportunities for those committed to ending homelessness in New Jersey. Thejdoria_color_web.jpg Housing Policy Task Force, charged by NJ Department of Community Affairs’ Commissioner Joe Doria has been assembled to develop a Housing Policy Report that will address the realm of housing needs in New Jersey which will include affordable housing, homeless and special needs housing, workforce housing, mixed-income housing, and community/urban revitalization. The result of this effort will be a balanced and coordinated plan with which to develop an implementable, comprehensive housing plan for New Jersey.

The opportunity to speak on the importance of ending homelessness, the need for the county-based homeless trust funds and other initiatives to end homelessness is a unique opportunity. We were surprised to learn late last week that the registrations were minimal. The report cannot be balanced and coordinated unless they can hear from the ending homelessness community in NJ. This is the only place to be on either Thursday or Friday. We need to have standing room only at both hearings so the message is received loud and clear that with the help of the State of New Jersey we can and will end homelessness!

If you have not registered please do so now!

The following are the details of the event, the times, locations and registration information.

The Homeless and Special Needs Housing Sub Committee will be conducting Public Comment Forums to allow interested parties an opportunity to make recommendations for the future direction and development of affordable housing for these populations. We are very interested in your views and invite you to provide public comment at one of the Forums listed below.

We ask that you address the following priorities when preparing your public comment. While your public comments will be limited to 3 minutes, your written comments may be more extensive. Oral comments are limited to one person per agency or organization. All persons who provide oral public comments must provide a written copy of their comments on the day of the public meeting. to the extent possible, please limit your comments to the specific topic of the public meeting. If you wish to only submit written comments on any or all of the points below, please submit your comments to the Corporation for Supportive Housing, either via e-mail to Barbara Dohrenwend or via fax at 609-392-7818. All written comments must be submitted by January 10, 2007.

New or re-directed financial resources
New Legislation
New or modified regulations
New or modified programs
New partnerships and coordination (public and/or private)

Public comment meetings will be held Thursday, January 10th at:

Rowan University:
Betty Long Rowan Auditorium
Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, NJ:

Homeless Housing comments will be heard from 9am – noon.
Special Needs Housing comments will be heard from 1pm – 4pm.

Pre-registration is required. To register click here (9am – noon) or here for the afternoon (1pm – 4pm). Confirmation of your registration and directions will be provided.

Public comment meetings will also be held on Friday, January 11th at:

Episcopal Diocese of Newark
31 Mulberry St.
Newark, NJ.

Homeless Housing comments will be heard from 9am – noon.
Special Needs Housing comments will be heard from 1pm – 4pm.

Pre-registration is required. To register click here (9am – noon) or at here for the afternoon (1pm – 4pm). Confirmation of your registration and directions will be provided.

IN THE CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, PLEASE CALL 609-392-7820 ON THE DAY OF THE FORUM FOR UPDATES.

by Richard W. Brown

Richard W. Brown, has more than forty-two years experience in both housing development and community organizing. Since 1991 Mr. Brown has been the Chief Executive Officer of Monarch Housing Associates, the 1995 Governor’s Excellence in Housing Award winner in the organization category.. To read more about Richard and all of our staff click here. Click here to send Mr. Brown an email.

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2 comments… add one

  1. Iam a homeless since 2007 i was in the shelter for 10 months I was pregnant I apply section 8 housing and I still waiting never help me people how apply after me they already have section 8 please i need help.

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  2. Iam a homeless since 2007 i was in the shelter for 10 months I was pregnant I apply section 8 housing and I still waiting never help me people how apply after me they already have section 8 please i need help.

    Reply

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