Facility planned for homeless

Although we are always pleased to read about housing for the homeless it seems to us that permanent housing would be a better solution instead of more transitional housing.

Facility planned for homeless
Posted by South Jersey News Online June 19, 2007 11:51AM

BRIDGETON — Tri-County Community Action Partnership and Vineland-based Eastern Pacific Development announced this morning a joint venture to build a transitional, resource-based facility for Cumberland County’s homeless.

A site for the facility has not yet been identified, but Eastern Pacific President Hans Lampart is hopeful a deal for the 1 1/2 acres needed for the project will be reached by the end of the year.

The 40,000-square-foot facility, which will cost roughly $6 million to build, not including the land cost, would include classrooms, office space, and 44 residential units, including 10 one-bedroom apartments, 24 single-occupancy rooms and 10 double-occupancy rooms.

A one-day survey conducted in January by Cumberland County revealed that there were about 270 homeless individuals living in Bridgeton, Millville and Vineland, Tri-County President and CEO Albert Kelly said.

“Whether it’s a little higher or a little less, it showed that there’s a significant number of people who are homeless in our county,” Kelly, a Bridgeton councilman, said.