County Leaders Across State Endorse #NJCounts 2015

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NJ Counts 2015Even before volunteers spread out across New Jersey to participate in the statewide Point-in-Time Count of individuals and households experiencing homelessness on the night of January 27, 2015, #NJCounts 2015 attracts the attention of the media around the state. County officials have endorsed their local counts as critical to ending homelessness.

Please note due to the snow storm, many communities across the state postponed NJCounts 2015 Point in Time Count and Project Homeless Connect events until February 4, 2015. Click here for full details.

The Suburban News reminds us that “Tweets about NJCounts can be found on Twitter at #NJCounts 2015.”

Below are links to the coverage that Monarch Housing has seen so far. If there is local coverage in your community that we have missed, please contact Kate Kelly with the link to the news story so that we can update our summary.

In Bergen County, the Paramus Post reports County Executive Jim Tedesco said:

“The data collected through the PIT survey also assists with countywide program planning and development, and helps bring us closer to the goal of ending homelessness in Bergen County.”

In Essex County, the Star Ledger writes:

“’It is important that we obtain the most comprehensive and thorough information because the size of the population we identify will determine the amount of federal aid we receive. The more accurate our numbers, the more resources we will have to provide assistance to this vulnerable population.’”

County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo said in a statement about the count.

In Hudson County, the Jersey Journal reports:

“The information we get from the PIT count is one of our tools we use to divide funding among areas of need for the homeless throughout the year.”

Said Randi Moore, division chief at the Hudson County Division of Housing and Community Development.

In Mercer County, the Times of Trenton writes Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes called the count a statistical measure to “make sure you’re on the right track.”

In Sussex County, the New Jersey Herald writes Christine Florio of the Sussex County Division of Community and Youth Services said about the importance of tracking data on the homeless in real time:

“We have a rapid rehousing program in the county now that was based on Monarch’s data showing that it’s reducing homelessness. It’s still in the early stages and we’re still tracking it to see if it’s effective here, but we definitely do look at evidence-based programming to see what is reducing instances of homelessness.”

In Union County, the Suburban News reports:

“Especially in the winter months, it is important to do our best to ensure that every person in Union County has access to the basic and essential needs of food, shelter and warmth. . “I’d like to thank our volunteers in advance, for their help in conducting the survey and providing assistance to those in need.”

Said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh.

The following news outlets also covered NJCounts 2015:

Warren County, Warren Reporter and Express Times.

Atlantic County, Atlantic Times Herald.

Bergen County The Bergen Dispatch.

These news stories on Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Union, and Warren Counties call for additional volunteers to help with the count and include volunteer coordinator contact information.