Senators Announce $24.1 Million In Federal Funds For NJ Homeless Projects

U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg (left) and Robert Menendez (right)

U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg (left) and Robert Menendez (right)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New Jersey’s US senators, Robert Menendez and Frank R. Lautenberg, today announced that the state has been awarded over $24.1 million to support hundreds of homeless projects through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care program.

According to the Corporation for Supportive Housing’s most recent data there are an estimated 11,741 homeless men, women and children across the state of New Jersey. These funds will help ensure local shelter and service programs can continue operating and prevent an interruption in services.

“In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, more New Jerseyans than ever understand what it means to be without a home. That is why I am grateful that these federal resources have been allocated to many of the agencies that deal directly with New Jersey’s homeless men, women and children,” said Menendez, chairman of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Housing. “This funding enables many dedicated professionals and organizations to help those without a home find a home. In this tough economic environment, the least we can do is help ensure those who are struggling the most have the support they need and a place where they can live.”

“This federal funding will help homeless men and women across New Jersey find safe, reliable housing and access services to improve their lives. Investing in these programs during difficult economic times makes an important commitment to those who are most at-need in our communities,” said Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, which funds these programs. “With this funding, we can help create new opportunities for some of the state’s most hard-pressed families and put more New Jerseyans in decent homes.”

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