Freeholders approve $26k for emergency shelters, cleanliness being addressed

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The Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved a three-month payment of $25,867.50 for emergency shelters at Wednesday’s meeting and Jersey City Freeholder Bill O’Dea (D-2) says the county is being proactive in addressing the cleanliness issues of the five hotels in question.

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Through state funding allocated to the Hudson County Division of Family Services, the county has been providing shelter for families who need an emergency place to stay after tragedies such as a fire damages or destroys their home.

While four hotels have been approved a three-month payment of $25,867.50 from the freeholders, Jersey City Freeholder Bill O’Dea (D-2) reiterated previous concerns from the board that there may be serious sanitation issues at hand.

The four hotels currently being utilized are Magrat Inc. Motel Systems (North Bergen), Red Carpet Inn (Jersey City), Starlite Motel (Jersey City) and the Meadowlands Motel (Secaucus).

After the meeting concluded, O’Dea provided some more background on the situation when speaking one-on-one with Hudson County View, noting that the YMCA in Newark is one alternative location that is being pursued.

The board approved the measure by a vote of 7-0.