Essex County Homelessness Trust Fund Raises Over $200,000 in 2016

Funds Will Help End Homelessness in Essex County

The Spring 2017 issue of the “The Register’s Report” highlights huge increases in the value of Essex County’s Homelessness Trust Fund said Dana Rone, the Essex County Register.

  • In 2015, the Essex County Registers office (ECRO) raised over $69,000 for the Homelessness Trust Fund.
  • By August 31, 2016 $129,967.00 was raised for the Homelessness Trust Fund.
  • The total amount raised for 2016 is an impressive $207,793.00.

“The Register credits her staff and their commitment to making a positive and rewarding impact on the community as a driving force for the effectiveness of this initiative. ‘The additional funds can definitely make a huge difference in the lives of the homeless in Essex County,’ says Dane Rone.”

Based on these trends, the Essex County Register’s Office projected that in 2016, the amount that would be raised for the Home Trust Fund would double the 2015 funds.

The Register’s commitment to this initiative, the hard work of the ECRO staff, and streamlined processes has nearly tripled the amount raised for the Homelessness Trust Fund.

“In 2015, nearly 10, 211 people were homeless in New Jersey, and Essex County had the largest number of homeless people, almost twenty percent of the statewide homeless population. Under the leadership of Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr., and in partnership with the Essex County Register of Deeds and Mortgages, Dana Rone, the Freeholder Board supported the Essex County Homelessness Trust Fund. Homelessness Trust Fund generated a grand total of $277,129.00 from 2015 to 2016. As this initiative grows, I look forward to the positive changes it will establish for the betterment of Essex County in the future,” says Freeholder President Britnee N. Timberlake.

According to Freeholder Vice President Brendan Gill, “Homelessness is a serious issue plaguing communities across our country, particularly here in Essex County. We have an obligation to uplift some of the most vulnerable populations by providing them with the decency of a roof over their heads.”

Essex County’s Homelessness Trust Fund was approved on May 27, 2015. The Trust Fund moves homeless and formerly homeless individuals toward the goal of permanent affordable housing and self-sufficiency.

The following New Jersey Counties have a Trust Fund.

  1. Bergen,
  2. Camden,
  3. Cumberland,
  4. Essex,
  5. Hudson,
  6. Mercer,
  7. Middlesex,
  8. Passaic,
  9. Somerset and
  10. Union. 

Cape May passed a Trust Fund on Dec. 27, 2016 and will start collecting money in 2017 – Cape May County Establishes Homeless Trust Fund.

Currently there is legislation – A 4132 – that would allow counties at their discretion to increase the amount of the fee.

Email Arnold Cohen and Richard Brown for More Information

Office of the Essex County Register

The Register’s Report

2017 Homeless Trust Fund Fact Sheet

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