The Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center was one of sixty organizations working to end homelessness that were honored by the 100,000 homes campaign for successfully housing their communities’ chronic homeless population. The Center was the only New Jersey program to receive recognition for consistently housing 2.5% of its chronically homeless population.
“This was the first time a representative from the Bergen County shelter attended the conference, and (Julia) Orlando, (Director of the County’s Housing, Health and Human Services Center) is aiming for the Bergen group to be one of the shelters that present their work at next year’s gathering. The presentation, she said, would focus on the center’s collaboration among the government, non-profits and faith-based groups, like the churches that serve dinner at the shelter almost every night.
‘You can’t look at this achievement as ‘OK, we’ve done our job,’ Orlando said. ‘We have to look at it as we have so much more to do and so many things to improve on. You want to keep that momentum.’”
While in Washington, Orlando joined Monarch Housing, CSH and organizations from across the state in participating in NJ Hill Day. She met with the offices of Senator Menendez and Booker and Congressman Pascrell to advocate for federal funding and policies to create more “Homes for the Homeless.”