24 NJ Local Leaders on National Front
On November 30, 2014 the Star-Ledger featured an Op-Ed, “Ending homelessness in N.J. an achievable goal.”
Holly Leicht, regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Maria Maio-Messano, HUD’s New Jersey field office director, wrote the piece.
The piece explains how the NJ mayors who have signed on are committed to ending veteran’s homelessness. And this is important because while veterans’ homelessness is decreasing.
“This Thanksgiving, residents of New Jersey have one more reason to be thankful: their local leaders are among the national front runners working to eliminate veterans homelessness. The Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness was launched by First Lady Michelle Obama last June, calling upon mayors nationwide to commit to securing permanent supportive housing for all U.S. veterans by the end of 2015. Since then, more than 300 mayors, governors, and county executives have signed on, including 24 in New Jersey. The Garden State is tied with California for the second highest number of participating cities, trailing only Kentucky.”
“There remain nearly 2,400 homeless veterans in New Jersey – a stark reminder that much work remains to ensure that those who served our country have a place to call home.”
Wrote Leicht and Maio-Messano.
We know which best practices – Housing First, Prevention, and Rapid Re-Housing – work to end homelessness and many cities are already using them.
“And we encourage more New Jersey leaders to join the Mayors Challenge. Ending veterans’ homelessness is proving to be an achievable goal, city by city – and it is the least we can do to show our gratitude for the sacrifices these brave men and women have made for all of us.”
Conclude Leicht and Maio-Messano.
The 24 from NJ who joined the Mayor’s Challenge are:
Mayor James M. Davis – Bayonne
Mayor John Ducey – Brick Township
Mayor Dan Reiman – Carteret
Mayor Janice Kovach – Clinton
Mayor Thomas W. Andes – Denville
Mayor Thomas Lankey – Edison Township
Mayor Christian Bollwage – Elizabeth
Mayor James Fife – Harrison
Mayor Louis Manzo – Harrison Township
Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler – Highland Park Township
Mayor Dawn Zimmer – Hoboken
Mayor Steven Fulop – Jersey City
Mayor Phil Lubitz – Kingwood Township
Mayor Tim Donohue – Middle Township
Freeholder Director Ronald Rios – Middlesex County
Mayor Ras Baraka – Newark
Mayor Jose ‘Joey’ Torres – Paterson
Mayor Karen Scheffler – Borough of Palmyra
Mayor William C. Brown, Jr. – Riverton
Village President Alex Torney – South Orange
Mayor Robert D. Parisi – Township of West Orange
Mayor John McCormac – Woodbridge
Click here for the full opinion piece.