This important decision occurred after a presentation on March 20th to the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Every member of the Board of Chosen Freeholders endorsed the proposed Homeless Trust Fund. Freeholder Elizabeth Muoio said the county has a responsibility to take care of the homeless. â€œWeâ€™re only as well off as the neediest of our residents,â€ Muoio said.
Seventy-six (76) counties in 10 states have set up similar trust funds, with Washington state’s funding model projects in counties statewide to reduce homelessness. There are 900 homeless people in Mercer County on any given day, with highs of 2,000. Counties across the country have achieved significant reductions in their homeless populations; a homeless trust fund will provide the revenue necessary to achieve similar success in New Jersey.
The full resolution approved by County Executive Brian M. Hughes and the Board of Chosen Freeholders will be posted later this week.
To read the Trenton Times article on the presentation to the Freeholders click here .