“We are happy the governor has signed this bill that provides individuals out on the street with a warm place to rest during severe weather events. Homelessness is an emergency every day but when temperatures drop below freezing, it’s life or death.
“The level of services available throughout the state has varied widely, which is dangerous and unacceptable. Statewide standards have been desperately needed to ensure the safety and well-being of our neighbors who need shelter, especially in extreme weather. We thank the co-sponsors of this bill, Assemblymen Land and Andrzejczak and Senator Van Drew, and the homelessness prevention advocates who fought to prevent anyone from being left out in the cold.”
Congratulations to everyone who called and e-mailed, making this possible.
“Code Blue is the first step in ending homelessness in NJ. By providing shelter we can help our homeless neighbors find a place to call home,” said Monarch’s CEO Richard W. Brown.
New Jersey has only a partial statewide network of shelters and warming centers throughout most counties.
Not all counties participate in this alert system. A Code Blue alert for counties that do is typically issued once temperatures drop to 32 degrees or below.
Each county/municipality has a different protocol about weather and temperature guidelines. Essex County will only issue an alert if the temperature drops below 15 degrees.
An alert is declared whenever temperatures drop below the freezing point and weather conditions pose a danger to the homeless population.
An alert allows authorities to take homeless people to local shelters or other agencies, known as Warming Centers. These shelters make additional beds and space available until conditions improve and the alert is called off.