Southern NJ Continuum of Care awarded $3,586,935
(Location, NJ) -- Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Jim Jefferson announced that the Southern NJ Continuum of Care, who works to prevent and end homelessness, was awarded $3,586,935 from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is the seventh largest award presented in New Jersey.
The continuum works through a public and private collaboration to plan, advocate, and review data for and on behalf of the homeless population found throughout the region their goal is to maximize efforts and leverage resources to assist the homeless population.
As a part of this community collaborative, Gloucester County works side-by-side with Cape May, Camden and Cumberland counties in its efforts to advocate for the homeless populations across all four counties.
Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "It is important for us to protect and assist our homeless population not only now when the temperatures are cold, but all year long."
Damminger said that this year's award will be put towards funding for Coordinated Assessment. The purpose of the Coordinated Assessment is to have a centralized access point and to have all patriating agencies using one assessment tool. This includes a phone number that will be used to contact the Center for Family Services.
Freeholder Jim Jefferson, liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services said, “We need make the process easier for homeless individuals and allow them to have access to the services they may need when they need them.”
Jefferson said, “The goal is to help consumers move through the homeless service delivery system more efficiently by eliminating barriers and reducing the amount of time between programs before they find the appropriate services.”
Agencies funded in this award included: Volunteers of America, Oaks Integrated Care, Center for Family Services, Robins Nest, Collaborative Support Programs of NJ, Camden County Council OEO, Inc. and Community Planning and Advocacy Council.
The annual census of the homeless population will take place on Jan. 24. Based on these numbers, from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development will decide whether or not to continue funding these programs.