Interagency Council on Homelessness covers Project Homeless Connect

This was in the latest issue of the Interagency on Homelessness newsletter.

IN THE CITIES AND COUNTIES: PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT INNOVATION REACHES MILESTONE AS HUDSON NJ BECOMES 100TH PARTICIPATING JURISDICTION

NEW JERSEY. If actions speak louder than words, the citizens, community leaders, and elected and appointed officials of New Jersey have set a marker in the National Partnership to End Homelessness with 43 Project Homeless Connect events last Thursday in 20 counties covering the state from end to end including the Morris County Connect held during Decembers 2006 National PHC Week. This was one of two firsts last week as Hudson County became the 100th local jurisdiction to adopt the PHC innovation since its origination in San Francisco by Mayor Gavin Newsom in October 2004 and promotion by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness as a best practice.

The state was lit up noted one organizer, who said the widespread publicity including recruitment of volunteers and donations for events at more than 40 sites created statewide awareness and focus on solutions to homelessness among the citizens of New Jersey on that day. The effort, timed to coincide with the 2007 Point in Time count, was led by the New Jersey Alliance on the Homeless and Randi Moore of Monarch Housing Associates with the support of the United Way, the New Jersey Housing Mortgage and Finance Agency, and the Corporation for Supportive Housing. Representatives of numerous federal agencies including the Social Security Administration, and the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs, and Agriculture were on hand providing application assistance and information on food stamps, housing, social security, and support services. With such a large undertaking, results are still being tabulated but data reported from 18 of the 20 counties show 4,192 homeless guests were assisted by 735 volunteers.

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