WASHINGTON, D.C. – New Jersey has been awarded $2,173,288 to support efforts to end homelessness in New Jersey through the U.S. 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.
“These federal resources will help New Jersey’s organizations on the front lines of ending homelessness ensure that housing and quality services are available for the men, women and children that need them,” said U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Housing. “Efforts to end homelessness in New Jersey have taken on an even greater urgency in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. More New Jerseyans than ever understand what it means to be without a home, and working to make sure individuals and families have roofs over their heads is an essential part of our Sandy recovery.”
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HUD’s Continuum of Care Program is one of many federal initiatives aimed at reducing and preventing homelessness, as well as supporting them in their transition to a better future. Last year, President Obama launched the nation’s first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness, a collaboration of 19 federal agencies and offices that form the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) to reach specific benchmarks by 2020.
The following agencies will receive grants:
- City of Trenton, $330,667
- Community Planning and Advocacy Council / Camden Housing First 2012, $373,507
- County of Warren/ 2012 Tri-County Planning Grant, $10,000
- Covenant House New Jersey, Inc. / Youth Housing Project, $47,133
- Elizabeth/Union County CoC Planning Project, $49,276
- Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation, Jersey City, $393,586
- Housing Development Corporation, Zoe’s Place, East Rutherford, $124,367
- North Hudson Community Action Corporation, Rapid Rehousing, $550,000
- Sussex County Interfaith Hospitality Network, $294,752
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