We found these news stories about unique fundraising efforts that Columbus, Ohio and Sacramento, California held recently. Both organized a One Day to End Homelessness campaign to raise funds to end homelessness. The results were phenomenal: $100,000 in Columbus and $400,000 in Sacramento. Could this work in NJ?
Last week CNN’s Hero was Dr. Roseanna Means, the founder of Women of Means, a nonprofit organization that sends volunteer doctors and nurses into homeless shelters in and around Boston. With more than 2,000 homeless women in Boston, Dr. Means provides them with something they can count on – free, quality medical care. Although there are similar programs in New Jersey, we encourage you to watch this video.
Our friends at Beyond Shelter, Partnering for Change: The National Institute for Innovative Strategies to Combat Family Homelessness and Poverty and Home Start recently published Rapid Re-Housing for Homeless Populations: Program and Community Strategies for Recruiting Private-Market Landlords and Overcoming Housing Barriers. This practice brief discusses housing barriers commonly faced by homeless households and highlights promising and successful techniques, tools, and policies to overcome these barriers.
Media coverage of this year’s Point in Time and Project Homeless Connect has been positive and covered the entire state. Obviously, we may have missed some of the coverage. If you are aware of any press coverage that we have not listed please let us know. Next month’s release of the preliminary figures will show whether snow conditions affected this week’s homeless count, according to Colleen Velez of CSH.
They came from homeless shelters, from soup kitchens, from part-time jobs. They came to be counted. More than 300 economically disadvantaged people visited the old YMCA building on Bergen Avenue in Jersey City Wednesday for an event designed to bring together the county’s homeless population and the service providers that can help them.View a video and photos from events held around NJ despite inclement weather.