#NJCounts Finishes Strong Across NJ

Success Stories Shows Impact of
Vouchers in Ending Homelessness

NJ Counts 2015As volunteers canvassed the street to continue NJCounts 2015, agencies continued to reinforce the importance of counting the homeless and making the case for critical federal funding in ending homelessness.

A man experiencing homelessness in Bergen County tells how a Housing Choice Voucher helped him end his cycle of homelessness.

The Record had a video of #NJCounts.

The Times of Trenton reported on Trenton/Mercer County’s count.

“It’s important so that the people can be counted because they really need the help.”

Said Sheila Scott, Manager of Permanent Housing & Supportive Services at the Rescue Mission of Trenton.

The Record covered #NJCounts events in Bergen and Passaic Counties.

“It’s very important for planning for ourselves, what kind of programs that we need to have in the county.”

Said Charles Featherson, director of community outreach and family services at the Passaic County Department of Human Services.

The Record also reported:

“The federal housing agency will grant Bergen County $3.4 million for homeless and transition housing programs this year, according to its website, up from last year’s $2.1 million but less than the $4.5 million provided in 2010, the highest amount in the past 10 years. Passaic County’s HUD funding rose to $2.8 million in 2014, from $2.3 million in both 2013 and 2012.”

In Cumberland County, The Daily Journal reported

“We wanna make sure that we find everyone that we can that is homeless, because we want to try to show the need in the county in order to get more funding so that we’re able to help them.”

Said Cindy Lebron, counseling program coordinator with Catholic Charities Diocese of Camden, explained.

In its coverage of the Bergen County event, the Star-Ledger highlighted the success story of the formerly homeless who have received housing vouchers.

“Gavin … received a voucher to live in an Advance Housing apartment in Wallington, after a year of living in a Hyundai Santa Fe and another six months of living in the county homeless shelter.

Depression cost him his job, his friends and family, Gavin said. The 47-year-old’s goal is to improve himself.

‘Now that I have been living in an apartment I’m just dealing with some financial issues and then I’m going to do my GED and then I’m going to do my commercial driver’s license,’ he said.”

OceanPHCThe Asbury Park Press included video of the Monmouth and Ocean County NJCounts events.

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