Cooperation Encouraged as Path to Ending Homelessness in NJ
On May 16, 2012, the Press of Atlantic City continued to cover the bill recently introduced in the New Jersey State Assembly intended to end “Greyhound” or “Bus” Therapy. Assemblymen John Amodeo and Chris Brown (both R-Atlantic)’s proposed legislation “would require a minimum level of communication before a homeless person is relocated.” The hope is that this requirement would deter municipalities and service providers from sending homeless individuals across borders into Atlantic City.
The Press’ editorial follows up a May 8, 2012 article that covered the bill’s introduction and the story behind it. The Press’ editorial board writes:
The bill contributes to a discussion we need to have in New Jersey. It is simply wrong for other towns to think that homelessness is Atlantic City’s responsibility, just as it is wrong to treat homeless people as a problem to be exported – out of sight, out of mind – rather than as people who need help.
The piece supports inter-municipality and interagency cooperation and applauds Governor Christie’s recent creation of the State Interagency Council on Homelessness.