Some Counties Plan for
Postponed Counts February 4th
With about half of the counties in the state moving forward with hosting the Point-in-Time and Project Homeless Connect events on January 28, 2015, the press across the state continue to cover the #NJCounts 2015.
The balance of the NJCounts events will occur on February 4. 2015. Click here for an updated schedule.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that in Atlantic County:
“… As volunteers visited shelters, soup kitchens, and outdoor areas, they heard a variety of reasons why people were homeless, said Beth Joseph, director of communications at Jewish Family Service, the lead agency for Atlantic County’s Homeless Alliance Program. There are still many without homes because of Sandy, and, Joseph said, volunteers were also meeting former workers who lost their jobs when four casinos closed.”
The Courier-Post reports that in Burlington County:
“Madelyin Mears Sheldon, caring center executive director, said she and other volunteers took 100 lunches to homeless persons living in motels and in woodlands in the Pemberton area.
One new federal program aimed at reducing homelessness is HUD-VASH. Eligible veterans receive housing vouchers and case management.”
Charles McNally, spokesman for the Region 2 HUD office in New York said “It has been instrumental in bringing down the number of New Jersey homeless veterans from 811 in 2011 to 630 last year.”
The Press of Atlantic City reported on Atlantic County’s Project Homeless Connect event, which happened in conjunction with the local #NJCounts 2015.
“You see a lot of people that are living with family, living in overcrowded situations in violation of the lease because they’re not technically on there.”
Said Ann Thoresen, who directs the Atlantic Homeless Alliance, said some attendees suffer from extreme poverty, while others could face eviction at any moment.
The Burlington County Times reported that the “Homelessness count sheds light on life on the street.”
NBC 10 in Philadelphia reported on the counts that happened in Atlantic, Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Somerset and Union counties.
The Jersey Journal reported on Hudson County’s delayed count. About NJCounts 2015:
“It’s useful in helping us understanding the needs. We need to do more. But it’s a question of resources and the political will and the support of the community to make it happen.”
Richard Brown of Monarch said.
“This annual event helps connect the homeless to the services they need and gives homeless service providers an opportunity to come together under one roof at the same time. 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.”