Measure Would Prevent Homeless From Outside the City Ending Up in Atlantic City
Two Republican State Assemblymen from Atlantic County, Chris Brown and John Amodeo, have introduced legislation intended to prevent what is termed in the region as “Greyhound therapy.” Local officials complain that Atlantic City unfairly bears the burden of homeless people moving between counties and towns and ending up in their city the social service system is already overwhelmed.
Bill Southrey runs the overburdened Atlantic City Rescue Mission, the state’s largest shelter, and he concedes “an advance phone call would provide a chance for the Rescue Mission to redirect potential clients to resources elsewhere that might be unknown to the original caseworker.”
The New Jersey Casino Redevelopment Agency (CRDA), which was put in charge of the tourist district 17 months ago, has implemented a number of initiatives to end homelessness in the region. Susan Ney Thompson, CRDA’s Deputy Director said:
We’ve had meetings with legislators, and (the bill) is something in terms looking for ways to improve the situation here in Atlantic City and … what (they) might be able to help us with. It’s important to note we’re all in this together, that we’re all working toward same goals to help improve the city.