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Councilwoman Jen Giattino offered this official release: "Reducing Homelessness Together"
Dear friends and neighbors,
Yesterday, New Jersey Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced important steps to reducing homelessness across Hudson County. This first-of-its-kind initiative brings together state, county and municipal teams and for-profit and non-profit organizations that will focus on: finding homes and supportive care for those currently homeless, expanding training and support services for those who are at risk of becoming homeless, and expanding local resources in ways that better allow communities to show their own compassion for their neighbors most in need. The highlights of the initiatives, including those which our own Hoboken Homeless Task force helped secure, include:
- $200,000 donated by Jersey City Medical University and $50,000 by Hoboken University Medical Center to fund housing and supportive care provided by Garden State Episcopal for those who have suffered chronic homelessness.
- 25 housing vouchers provided by the NJ Department of Community Affairs to be given to those who have suffered chronic homelessness – 20 to be identified by JCMU and 5 to be identified by HUMC
- $10,000 secured by MBS Housing, the owners of the building formerly known as the YMCA, to renovate space and open a food pantry open to all residents of Hoboken.
- 8 donation meters to be located across Hoboken, similar to parking meters, as a vehicle for people to contribute towards efforts to help those who are homeless. These meters are sponsored by Hudson Pride Center and donated by IPS Group. These will be managed by United Way of Hudson County and funds raised will be given to Hoboken Homeless Shelter and other agencies providing supportive services.
- A 10-year lease with EasterSeals NJ for their new Hudson County operations in Hoboken. EasterSeals providing supportive employment and training will serve two of our area’s communities that are statistically at greater risk of becoming homeless – disabled adults and seniors.
I have been working with the Hoboken Homeless Shelter for over a decade and I am so proud to be a part of this effort as both the City Council liaison to the Hoboken Homeless Shelter and a new member of the Hoboken Homeless Task Force. I am thankful to all those who have made this happen and am hopeful that through these initiatives we will be able to bring homes to those without, keep people in their homes, and save lives.
Please feel to call or email me if you would like to hear more about this or anything else.