Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 01/25/07 BY WILLIAM H. SOKOLIC GANNETT NEW JERSEY
ATLANTIC CITY â€” For a 24-hour period, beginning Thursday at 9 a.m. members of the Atlantic County Continuum of Care will conduct the 2007 federally-mandated survey of the homeless, including those living on the streets as well as those in emergency and transitional housing programs.
In addition to the survey, community leaders will sponsor Project Homeless Connect to provide a one-stop resource for health services, social services, food and clothing for people experiencing homelessness. Project Homeless Connect will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 22 S. Texas Avenue.
More than 35 U.S. cities currently sponsor Project Homeless Connect programs but New Jersey is the first state to coordinate this project statewide.
“The 24-hour survey period provides an extraordinary opportunity to reach out to those most in need of services. Hopefully they can find the help they need and begin to improve their lives,” said County Executive Dennis Levinson.
Participants will also have access to mental health services, emergency food assistance, food stamp assistance, parenting and infant services, homelessness assistance services, One-Stop Career services, youth services and eye care services.
Agencies contributing to this effort include: Atlantic County government, Atlantic City Health Department, Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Community Food Bank, Covenant House, Heathly Mothers Healthy Babies, Jewish Family Services, Lions Blind Center, Mental Health Association of Atlantic County, Salvation Army and the Social Security Administration.