Joins National Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness
Maria Maio-Massano, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) NJ Field Office Director, received a resolution from Middlesex County Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti, Chair of the County’s Community Services Committee, affirming Middlesex County’s participation in First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.”
The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders at its regular meeting Sept. 18 recognized the County’s efforts to end veteran homelessness, and also called for the County and its residents to take a stand against this social issue with renewed fervor.
This initiative calls for local, federal, and nonprofit organizations to join together and grant all homeless veterans access to permanent housing and housing stability. The movement’s goal, which the Freeholders encouraged all 25 County municipalities to participate in, is to end veteran homelessness by 2015.
“Middlesex County is committed to ending veteran homelessness in our County. The goal will be achieved when there are no veterans sleeping on the street, when every veteran has access to permanent housing and when communities have the capacity to quickly connect veterans to the help they need to achieve housing stability.”
Said Freeholder Valenti, a longtime advocate for homeless assistance.
“Together we can ensure that the men, women, and families that need this vital support will soon be in a stable home environment.”