First Lady Murphy visited Project Homeless Connect events in Bergen and Passaic Counties and participated in the point-in-time count in Hudson County.
Reflecting on her day visiting and participating in NJCounts 2018, First Lady Murphy tweeted “Everyone has a right to a safe place to call their home.”
Today, I visited NJCounts locations throughout NJ. A big THANK YOU to everyone that volunteered their time. The more we work together to ensure safe housing options, the better we serve our communities. Everyone has a right to a safe place to call their home. #NJcountspic.twitter.com/GZJlFCfnVK
She began in Bergen County visiting the County’s Housing, Health & Human Services Center in Hackensack for its Project Homeless Connect event. She toured the Center, thanking volunteers and meeting individuals experiencing homelessness and officials who attended the event to be counted and connect to services.
She finished in Passaic County where she helped count the homelessness in Patterson and visited the County’s Project Homeless Connect event at Eva’s Village also in Patterson.
Monarch Housing Associates appreciates First Lady Murphy spending time supporting the effort to end homelessness in New Jersey. We look forward to working with Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Murphy to ensure that every New Jerseyan has a place to call home.
The solution to homelessness includes creating the necessary supply of supportive housing – permanent, affordable and independent rental housing with available support services.
The NJCounts 2018 results will help to implement and expand on strategies proven to be best practices in ending homelessness.
NJCounts 2017 helped design state initiatives creating permanent supportive housing including Housing First and Moving On initiatives and project based voucher programs. The State of New Jersey has the opportunity to support the creation of new affordable housing across the state through the enforcement of the Council of Affordable Housing (COAH.)
NJCounts 2018 is the statewide point-in-time count of the homeless which took place across the state counting individuals and households who experience homelessness. Organizations, agencies and others that plan community efforts to end homelessness conducted the local counts. For the fifth year, Monarch Housing Associates coordinated NJCounts.
NJCounts 2017 found 8,532 homeless men, women and children, in 6,340 households, across the state of New Jersey. This 2017 number decreased by 409 persons (4.6%) from 2016. The results of NJCounts 2018 are expected in the spring.