The city has committed resources and personnel through its Coordinated Entry and Assessment Services Center (CEAS) to find homes for each of the 79 homeless veterans. Jackson and Hughes join 32 other mayors and county executives in New Jersey who have accepted the First Lady’s challenge.
“This is a moral imperative. Veterans have served us and it is only right that we provide them with permanent housing and the support services that they need for a brighter future that begins with a place to call home.”
“There are real-life human beings behind every one of those numbers, human beings that are not so different than you and I. When the parades stop, the flags go away and the marching stops and all the fanfare goes away, there are real-life people who need help and we’re here to do that.”
Said Frank Cirillo, executive director of the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness.
“Hughes said it’s important that the partners work toward ending homelessness, not simply managing it. ‘We have to make sure that we do it quickly and get them into a place that’s respectable, honest and fair where we can wrap around services and we can make sure that everything that they need is provided to them,’ he said.”