Carrión Highlights Decline in Homelessness

Focuses on the Decline in Essex County and NJ

Adolfo CarriónAs part of a four-part series covering communities across New Jersey, on January 10, 2012, the Star-Ledger featured an op-ed piece, “Homelessness is on the Decline in New Jersey, U.S.”, by Adolfo Carrión, the New York and New Jersey Regional Administrator for HUD.

Carrión highlights the decline in homelessness from 2010 to 2011 that includes a 12% in decrease in veterans homelessness nationally and a 12% decrease in homelessness in Newark and Essex County.

He also references HUD programs working successfully across the country, a local program in Newark, Project Live, that provides residential services to people with mental illness along with independent living services, and Opening Doors, the federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness.

Mr. Carrión stated:

This decline also is being noticed in Newark and Essex County, where local planners report a 12 percent decline in the number of people living in shelters and on the streets.

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced $4.1 million in funding to help Newark and Essex County fight homelessness, part of nearly $1.5 billion to help more than 7,000 such programs across the country. These grants support a broad range of housing and services — from street outreach to transitional and permanent homes that individuals and families need to start rebuilding their lives.

In Newark, this investment will support efforts like Project Live Inc., which provides residential services to individuals with mental illness, including 24-hour supervised group homes, as well as independent living services.

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Click here for a previous article from Monarch on the release of the 2011 Point in Time Count data.