Ensuring Every NJ Veteran Has A Home

Maio-Messano Urges NJ Mayors to
Join Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness

Ensuring Every NJ Veteran Has A HomeOn August 12, 2014, Comcast Newsmakers’ Jill Horner interviewed Maria Maio-Messano, NJ Field Director of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), about The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.

The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness came from First Lady Michelle Obama and now Maio-Messano is working to make this challenge happen in New Jersey at the local level and end veterans’ homelessness by 2015. Not all homeless veterans are individuals some also have families and this initiative addresses both populations.

“The first thing is to make sure every veteran has a room over their head. And the second thing is to sustain that residency” which may mean assistance with employment, training, mental health and other health issues.

Maio-Messano commended those New Jersey mayors who were early leaders in joining the Challenge and discussed why the role of mayors is so critical in this initiative. She urges:

“More mayors to get involved, get on board with the program. Mayors are the ones on the front lines who have a vision for the city.”

Currently, only six NJ Mayors have joined the campaign. They are:

  1. Mayor Don Guardian – Atlantic City
  2. Mayor Dan Reiman – Carteret
  3. Mayor Dawn Zimmer – Hoboken
  4. Mayor Steven Fulop – Jersey City
  5. Mayor Victor De Luca – Township of Maplewood
  6. Mayor Jose ‘Joey’ Torres – Paterson

Can you help NJ meet the challenge? To accept the challenge a Mayor or County Executive or Freeholder needs to send an email to HUD committing to work to end veterans homelessness by 2015.

The administration has set the goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015. And the federal government has provided resources and enforced programs to strengthen our country’s homeless assistance programs.

Click here for Information for Mayors and Staff

Click here for more Information on the Mayors Challenge

2 commentscomments closed

  1. Homeless veterans need IMMEDIATE REGULAR HOUSING & LIVING-WAGE JOBS; jammed-packed prison-like “Jesus Saves” & 12-Step religious AA/NA cult shelters are unacceptable!

  2. Where’s the housing?

    Homeless veterans have been desperately asking for REAL housing & LIVING-WAGE jobs for DECADES; always to be told “NO, you do not qualify!”.