DeGise Pledges to End Veterans Homelessness in Hudson County

Homes for Heroes Ends
Homelessness for Veteran Families

Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGiseOn February 13, 2015, The Jersey Journal reported that Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise made ending veterans homelessness in the county a priority in his State of the County address to the Freeholders.

He highlighted a formerly homeless veteran family’s housing success story.

“DeGise made a point to prioritize housing for homeless veterans by inviting Marine Sgt. Keith Owens to stand by him while he gave his speech. Owens and his wife and three children were homeless for over a year after Owens returned from service in the Middle East.”

DeGise reported that thanks to $5.5 million in U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding:

“Owens and his family were able to move into one of 24 new housing units for veterans in Bayonne and Union City dubbed ‘Homes for Heroes.’”

“We have already pledged to eradicate chronic homelessness in Hudson County. It is a challenge that will likely take a decade to meet. But when we consider the estimated number of homeless veterans in Hudson County is little more than 5 percent of the total number of chronic homeless, it seems clear we should be able to pledge something more immediate and more definitive to help our vets in need.”

Said DeGise.

The Hudson Reporter also reported on DeGise’s prioritization of ending veteran’s homelessness.

“We should pledge that any homeless veteran in Hudson County in need of housing will be able to find it.”

Said DeGise.

And once again referring to the success of the Homes for Heroes, of which Monarch Housing served as the housing consultant, and the critical importance of federal funding in ending homelessness:

“In the Union City development, project-based vouchers are provided by Continuum of Care funding. While this funding does not flow through the County, the Division is the collaborative applicant to HUD and coordinates the process.”

Said DeGise.

“Already the mayors of Jersey City, Bayonne, Harrison and Hoboken have signed on to The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness launched by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. I’m confident that the remaining eight municipalities will sign on to “The Mayor’s Challenge.” We encourage them to do so. This will help us bring more resources and more attention to the issue in every community in Hudson County.”

Said DeGise as he sited federal efforts to end veteran’s homelessness.

These four Hudson County mayors are among the 25 New Jersey mayors who have joined the challenge.

Click here for the full Jersey Journal article.

Click here for the Hudson Reporter coverage.