Senate Unanimously Passes Homelessness Bills

Call Governor Christie and Ask Him to Sign Both Homelessness Bills

Two of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey’s priority homeless assistance bills passed the New Jersey State Senate on November 21, 2016.

The bills are now sitting on the Governor Christie’s desk for action.  Please email or call Governor Christie at 609-292-6000 and ask him to sign both bills.

Previously, the New Jersey Senate Budget Committee unanimously passed, 13-0, the two bills. Both bills were sponsored by Assemblyperson Raj Mukherji and Senator Teresa Ruiz.

The first bill exempts homeless individuals from fee for birth certificates.

A2106 permits homeless individuals to obtain one free certified copy of their birth certificates by submitting a request for the certificate to the State Registrar of Vital Statistics through a social worker or through the coordinator of the emergency shelter for the homeless where the person is temporarily residing.

The second bill exempts homeless from fee for non-driver identification cards (A2107/S2350.)

Once they present proof of temporary residence at a homeless shelter, the individuals will save the $24 fee.

Removing this financial barrier to obtaining identification will assist homeless individuals in applying for employment, furthering their education, banking and many other activities that will help them rebuild their lives.

“The administration fee is the only thing preventing many homeless people from acquiring identification, when shelters and social services organizations are willing to help these citizens,” Mukherji said in April.

Removing this financial barrier to obtaining identification will assist homeless individuals in applying for employment, furthering their education, banking and many other activities that will help them rebuild their lives.

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