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NJCounts 2016NJCounts 2016 is garnering attention from the press across New Jersey in anticipation of the January 27, 2016 statewide point-in-time count of the homeless.

All twenty-one counties will participate in NJ Counts 2016 and conduct a state-wide Point-In-Time Count of the sheltered and un-sheltered homeless on January 27, 2016. The count’s results will continue to guide efforts to end homelessness across the state. Networks of organizations, agencies and others that plan community efforts to end homelessness will complete the count.

In Essex County, the Newark Patch reports,

“According to a city news release, the count will ‘enable the city to allocate funds and resources more efficiently and accurately to serve this at-risk community better.’”

In Hudson County, officials conducting the local count, will have a basis for comparison when the results become available in the spring.

“… Hudson County saw an increase from 2014 to 2015. A total of 917 people from 728 households were counted as homeless, which was up 11.7% from the 821 counted in 2014. Nearly 9% of the entire state’s homeless population lived in Hudson County, according to last year’s statistics.”

In Middlesex County, NJToday and MyCentralNJ report that Middlesex County Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti endorsed the importance of NJCounts 2016.

“’My fellow Freeholders and I are constantly looking to improve conditions for everyone in Middlesex County. Every homeless man, woman and child in Middlesex County deserves to have access to our services and a chance for a safer, better quality of life.”

Said Freeholder Valenti, Chairperson for the Community Services Committee.

Middlesex County will also hold a Project Homeless Connect event at two locations in the County. This annual initiative supplements the survey connecting homeless individuals with services and housing.

“Each year, the County proactively works toward ending homelessness here, especially in the area of homeless veterans. This event is one of the best ways for the County to fully understand the particular needs of residents who are experiencing homelessness and to link them with critical services and offer them suggestions for finding housing.’”

Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said.

In Morris County, Parsipanny Focus reports on the role the NJCounts 2016 results will play in guiding the Counties’ efforts to end homelessness.

“We have an obligation to care for the most vulnerable persons in our community, to make sure that persons who have fallen on very hard times, who don’t even have a place to live in Morris County, get at least the basic necessities of life.’’

Said Morris County Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.

“The state and Morris County use the results of the annual count to obtain consistent data about the number of individuals and families experiencing homelessness, to better understand the causes of homelessness, to determine service and housing needs, and to obtain federal funding to aid the homeless.’’

Added Laurie Becker, Mental Health Administrator and Director of the Division of Community and Behavioral Health Services for Morris County.

The Mendham-Chester Patch reports,

“The results of the survey will be used to see how the county can help better understand the cause of homelessness, determine service and housing needs, and to obtain federal funding to aid the homeless.”

Said Laurie Becker, Mental Health Administrator and Director of the Division of Community and Behavioral Health Services for Morris County.

MyCentralJersey highlighted the coordinated statewide effort.

Click here for the Jersey Journal coverage.

Click here for the Newark Patch coverage.

Click here for the NJToday coverage.

Click here for MyCentralNJ coverage.

Click here to read the Parsipanny Focus coverage.

Click here for the Mendham-Chester Patch coverage.

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