Essex County hosts event for the homeless
by Chanta L. Jackson/The Star-Ledger
Wednesday January 28, 2009
Today, more than 50 community and faith-based organizations will join Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. in presenting the Third Annual Essex County Project Homeless Connect Day.
The event, which kicks off at 10 a.m. and is scheduled to conclude at 6 p.m., takes place at the Branch Brook Park Roller Rink, Clifton Avenue and Seventh Street. Activities are designed to offer homeless clients the opportunity to learn about available social services and health-related programs in a convenient, centralized location.
In addition, Essex County will be conducting a federally-mandated census of homeless residents.
ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO TO JOIN
WITH COMMUNITY AND FAITH BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO PRESENT
THIRD ANNUAL ESSEX COUNTY PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT DAY
All-Day, One-Stop Event Will Connect Homeless Clients
with Social Service Programs and Services
Newark, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. will join with over 50 community and faith based organizations to present the Third Annual Essex County Project Homeless Connect Day. This all-day event will provide homeless clients with the opportunity to learn about available social services and health-related programs in a convenient, centralized location. In addition, Essex County will be conducting a federally-mandated census of homeless residents. Project Homeless Connect will be held as follows:
Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Place: Essex County Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Facility
Clifton Avenue and Seventh Street
“Project Homeless Connect Day will raise awareness about the programs and services that are available to help our homeless residents. On January 28th, our roller skating rink will be transformed into a one-stop information center where clients can escape from the cold and connect with a variety of agencies to receive essential services,” DiVincenzo said. “We encourage our homeless clients to take advantage of the activities and participate in this year’s census,” he added.
The County Executive noted that Project Homeless Connect Day is a collaborative effort between the County and over 50 community and faith-based organizations. “An event like this is a tremendous undertaking and we thank our many partners for their participation. By combining our resources more efficiently, we can provide assistance to our less fortunate residents,” he said.
Essex County is mandated by the federal Office of Housing and Urban Development to conduct a “Point in Time Survey,” which is a one-day count of individuals and families who are homeless and living on the street, in emergency shelters or in transitional housing. HUD utilizes the statistics gathered in the Point in Time Survey to determine how federal aid to help the homeless is distributed.
On the day of the survey, which is Wednesday, January 28th, Essex County employees organized by the Essex County Division of Community Action, along with a team of volunteers from social service and faith-based groups, will visit parks, soup kitchens, shelters and other areas where homeless congregate to conduct the Point in Time Survey.
Homeless residents are also invited to visit the Essex County Branch Brook Park Roller Rink, which will be transformed into a one-stop center to benefit the homeless. Clients will receive a nutritious meal and have access to information about available programs and services specifically geared for homeless clients. Among the services being offered are: public assistance, legal services, health screenings, mental health services, emergency services, educational services, prisoner re-entry services and employment services.