These three organizations were alarmed to hear that New Jersey Transit is piloting a program creating a two-hour time limit in its waiting rooms at four major transit hubs across the state.
“We believe this policy, which is under review, will force the homeless out of the stations, out of view, and into the streets.”
“Instead of working to implement punitive policies targeted at the poorest residents of our state, we should increase funding for Housing First, and other proven solutions to homelessness. Piloted in Camden County and other communities across New Jersey, Housing First works to first and foremost provide the chronically homeless with a permanent home. Once individuals are housed, support services are provided as needed. Housing First provides housing without litmus tests such as sobriety or checks for an incarceration history, much as you might provide water to someone who is thirsty — without first making them prove they deserve it.”
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The success of Housing First has been shown in Camden County, New Jersey as well as across the country.
“Housing is a basic right. Our focus should be on providing that right, not punishing those deprived of it.”