All twenty-one counties participated in NJ Counts 2016 and conducted counts of the 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 coordinate the local counts and many counties held simultaneous Homeless Connect events to provide assistance to the homeless individuals and families.
In Bergen County, The Jersey Tomato Press reports that Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco planned to visit Project Homeless Connect (PHC) – a one-day event providing information, direct and referral services, assistance and hospitality in a convenient one-stop location for people experiencing homelessness.
In Bergen and Passaic Counties, The Bergen Record reports about NJCounts 2016 and the survey process,
“It’s important to understand that homelessness is not the main problem; it’s a symptom. We want to be able to address the issues that cause homelessness and the only way to do that is to have a one-on-one conversation.”
“Is days away from moving out of the center into an affordable-housing apartment in Fairview, which he hopes will offer the stability he needs to find a job. He became homeless nearly two years ago and spent a year couch surfing with friends and family.”
In Mercer County, NJ.com reports on homeless encampments in Trenton and one of the individuals who lives in an encampment.
“For the past eight years, Richard White has lived under an overpass near the train tracks — through every season, undaunted by snowstorms and heat waves … ‘It’s home,’ he said.”
Viewing an encampment, “
This is what’s waiting for our youth who become chronically homeless … if we’re not successful with them,’ said Ben Thornton, outreach services director for Anchor House.” Thorton was also interviewed for NJ.Com’s video coverage “This is what it is like for some people who are struggling and don’t have shelter.”
Mycentralnj.com In Stitches blog reports that hand knitted hats will be distributed to homeless individuals attending Project Homeless Connect events in Somerset and Hudson Counties.