Jersey City agencies announce partnership to allocate $2M towards helping the homeless

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In a partnership between the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services, the city’s housing authority, and the Garden State Community Development Corporation (GSCDC), $2 million will be allocated towards helping the homeless.

Photo courtesy of the City of Jersey City.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“We are looking to take a more comprehensive approach to help our homeless residents with a resource-oriented facility that can provide assistance in a setting that also provides dignity and respect,” Mayor Steven Fulop said in a statement.

Stemming from the success of Jersey City’s free public showers program, the latest funding will go towards permanent shower facilities, a free laundry facility, a congregate dining area, expanding case management operations, and mental health services – among other things.

“Garden State Community Development Corporation is excited to partner with the City of Jersey City on the redevelopment of the program space for GSCDC’s Hudson CASA Coordinated Entry Program for the Homeless, which serves Hudson County’s homeless individuals and families,” said GSCDC Executive Director Carol Mori.

A resolution will go before city council on April 15th to establish the partnership and commitment of funds for the renovated location at 514 Newark Ave.

“Now more than ever, the growing need for vital health and safety services is critical for everyone in our community,” added JCHA Executive Director Vivian Brady-Phillips.

” … By building a more permanent resource with a myriad of services available to those in need, we are providing the tools for long-term stability and success,” noted Health and Human Services Director Stacey Flanagan.