Middlesex County Encourages Stakeholders To Attend Homelessness Forum

MIDDLESEX COUNTY — The Middlesex County Department of Community Services, Division of Housing and Social Services, is encouraging non-profit organizations, municipal officials, police chiefs, library directors and school district officials to attend the annual meeting of Coming Home of Middlesex County.

Coming Home, a 501 (c) 3 organization, is working closely with the county in its mission to end homelessness within the county in 10 years.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Crabiel Hall on the Middlesex County College Campus in Edison. Continental breakfast begins at 8 a.m., followed by the annual meeting program and an information and networking session.

“I encourage all our stakeholders in Middlesex County to join us for what promises to be an informative session,” said Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti, chair of the county’s Community Services Committee. “With the help of Coming Home, we are making real strides at reaching our goal of ending homelessness in 10 years, and this meeting will offer a snapshot of that progress.”

“We, at Coming Home, are very appreciative of the support thus far that we have received from the County, service providers and some municipalities”, said Eileen O’Donnell, executive director of Coming Home. “I urge those who have been involved and those yet to be to come to the Annual Meeting to learn how to get involved and to share ideas and best practices in your area. We can end homelessness in Middlesex County and need everyone’s help to do it.”

John Wooding, chairperson of the Coming Home Board, has “enjoyed Coming Home’s personal outreach to municipalities’ leadership, of which I have been a part. Each municipality so far has had something else to offer in terms of solutions to our homelessness problem. I encourage those municipalities, as well as those we have yet to visit, to come to our meeting on Tuesday to, among other things, meet potential partners for supportive housing projects.”

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