Public Hearing Scheduled for March 25th Advocates Share Talking Points
Advocates for Ending Homelessness in New Jersey have prepared sample talking points with strategies that should be considered in the statewide plan to end homelessness.
The ending homelessness talking points are offered to all who plan to testify at the Interagency Council on the Homeless hearing that will be held on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at from 1 – 4 PM at the NJ State Museum Auditorium. Additional information regarding the public hearing will be sent out in the beginning of March.
Create a Rapid Re-Housing rate for boards of social services
Support Local Efforts to Create Centralized and/or Coordinated Assessment Systems
Set a priority for homelessness with the State Public Housing Agency (PHA) and encourage the same from local PHAs
Assist local Continuums of Care (CoC) in retooling transitional housing
The talking points also make recommendations that would address impediments to the delivery of services and efforts on ending homelessness:
Ensure that all agencies receiving state contracts for service funding are required to serve the most difficult to house homeless and focus their resources on solutions that work, while encouraging well-designed innovations for continuous improvement
Encourage all state agencies that receive funding to assist the homeless, including DHS and DCA, to coordinate funding for housing and homeless services.
Require participation of local Boards of Social Services in Continuum of Care (CoC) homeless planning activities
Coordinate with local CoCs and ensure that all grants for state funding for homeless activities require local CoC approval