Trenton Times calls Christie’s goal ambitious Let’s be bold and end homelessness now!
Ending homelessness in ten years is ambitious but it is something that we can and must achieve. The impact of homelessness is not only on individuals and families without a place to call home but on all of us.
“It’s something that makes our state a lesser place to live in when we have people who don’t have a home to go to at night, who don’t have a place to raise their children or give them a sense of safety.”
That is a big part of the problem, certainly, but a constellation of disasters contribute to and prolong homelessness. Addictions, violence, chronic illness, lack of affordable housing – all may play a part.
In addition to its outreach and prevention efforts, the Mercer Alliance’s “Housing First” initiative addresses the most obvious need. After establishing the long-term homeless in safe, secure and affordable living arrangements, it then works to connect those individuals with whatever services they need – health care, counseling, education and job training.
The Mercer Alliance blueprint may benefit the new state Interagency Council on Homelessness as it begins this important task.
As much as the Mercer Alliance has achieved there are similar efforts in every county. The blueprint for the plan exists across NJ.
The time to begin the campaign to end homelessness is today!
Gov. Christie this is the time to be bold! Do not wait ten years. Commit NJ to ending homelessness before the end of this decade.
Make your appointments to the Interagency Council on Homelessness. Encourage local leaders in every county that are working to end homelessness to become involved in the planning process.
Gov. Christie we are ready to work with you to end homelessness in this decade!