In 2009, New Jersey implemented legislation-permitting counties to impose a surcharge of $3 on each document recorded with a county, for deposit into a Homelessness Trust Fund.
As background, Cumberland County has implemented a successful Code Blue strategy.
“We must begin to address homelessness from a holistic and community-based approach that coordinates funding and social services in a manner that is effective and efficient.”
The Cumberland County Code Blue leadership sent a letter to Cumberland County Freeholders asking them to establish a Homeless Trust Fund.
“The Homelessness Trust Funds would be used to implement a ten-year plan to end homelessness. The Freeholder Board with the advice of a Trust Fund Task Force would disperse the funds to supplement a coordinated effort of all stakeholders in eliminating chronic homelessness in the county.”
By combining the funding mechanism of the County Homeless Trust Fund with the efficiency and effectiveness of a Housing First approach we have a chance to make significant progress in the fight against homelessness here in Cumberland County for the first time in decades.
Additionally, we have a working “unofficial” task force comprised of government agencies, nonprofits, and the hospital to explore establishing a pilot Housing First model in Cumberland County.
Click here to learn more about Dr. Weinstein and the community’s campaign to establish a trust fund. The link contains an online petition.