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 37 Shelter Support Grants Awarded Across the State to Provide Shelter Improvements to Help Support Families and Veterans in Crisis

 

Trenton, NJ. –Emphasizing the vital work of service organizations in communities throughout the state, Governor Chris Christie today announced the award of 37 Shelter Support grants totaling $3.83 million in both state and federal funding.  The grants will aid nonprofit and local government agencies operating emergency homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities while assisting approximately 3,000 New Jersey households over the next year.

 

Governor Christie made the announcement at Community Hope’s Hope for Veterans programa 95-bed transitional housing program for homeless veterans at the Lyons Campus in Somerset County. Community Hope is receiving a $189,000 grant that will assist in the improvement of living conditions and provide a stable and safe place to stay until they can regain their financial footing and move into more permanent housing.

 

 “The long-term effects of the global recession underscore how important even the basic necessities are to families and veterans in crisis – things that so many of us take for granted, such as a decent meal and a safe, warm place to sleep,” said Governor Christie. “While my administration continues to make progress on the larger economic and quality of life goals facing the state, it is important to reinforce our commitment to service by making this grant funding available to local service organizations that are in a position to help make a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable citizens.

 

“I am proud that many of my cabinet members volunteered their time during this Season of Service at more than 40 community service organizations throughout the New Jersey. From Oasis and Eva’s Kitchen  to Project Self Sufficiency and Anchor House, they served meals, read to children and delivered much needed coats to our neighbors in need.”

 

These grants will be used to abate code violations, address life safety issues, create additional bed space and support the 1,652 beds in existing homeless shelters and transitional housing, resulting in improved living conditions for homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence and military veterans.

 

When families arrive at a shelter, they’ve normally exhausted every resource they have in an effort to avoid homelessness. Some have made enormous sacrifices just to keep a roof over their heads,” said New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lori Grifa. “These grants will help local and faith-based organizations provide people with a warm, dry place to stay until they can regain their financial footing and move into more permanent housing.”

 

Funding for the grants is a combination of state appropriation and money from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grants are administered through the DCA’s Division of Housing and Community Resources.

 

Since 2003, the Department of Community Affairs has awarded 294 grants totaling approximately $42,050,750 to non-profit and service organizations that run homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities.  As a result of the Shelter Support grants 1,452 beds have been created and more than 3,200 individuals are helped each year.

 

Applications that created new beds or addressed code violations were ranked the highest by Division of Housing and Community Resources staff. Staff also took into consideration the following when making its recommendations: 1) the applicant’s success in completing prior awards; 2) the recommendations of the local Continuum of Care; 3) whether or not the applicant had site control of the project; and 4) the availability of public transportation for shelter and transitional housing residents.

 

Shelter Support Grantees

 

 

Grantee

Shelter or Transitional Housing

Award Amount

Location

Anchor House

Transitional Housing

$82,500

Trenton

Anderson House

Transitional Housing

$142,880

Whitehouse Station

Atlantic City Rescue Mission

Shelter

$97,332

Atlantic City

Bergen County Community Action Partnership, Inc.-Ladder Project

Transitional Housing

$82,500

Hackensack

Bergen County-Youth Shelter

Shelter

$301,924

Teterboro

Camden County Council on Economic Opportunity

Transitional Housing

$24,709

Camden

Catholic Charities Diocese of Metuchen-State Street

Transitional Housing

$54,000

Perth Amboy

Catholic Charities of Newark-Hope House

Shelter

$12,100

Jersey City

Catholic Charities of Newark-St. Bridget's

Shelter/Transitional Housing

$93,850

Newark

Catholic Charities of Newark-St. Lucy's

Shelter

$33,000

Jersey City

Catholic Charities of Newark-Strong Futures

Transitional Housing

$74,250

Union City

Center for Family Services, Inc. (FAITH - Family Alternative Intensive Treatment Home)

Transitional Housing

$70,900

Laurel Springs

Center for Family Services, Inc. (Home Base)

Transitional Housing

$64,000

Camden

Center for Family Services, Inc. (Oasis STLP and Shelter)

Shelter/Transitional Housing

$49,000

Cape May

Communities of Faith for Housing

Shelter

$50,000

Hoboken

Community Hope, Inc.

Shelter/Transitional Housing

$189,982

Newark/Lyons

Covenant House New Jersey

Shelter

$100,000

Atlantic City

Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren

Outreach Center

$62,301

Washington Borough

Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Intervention Services

Shelter/Transitional Housing

$24,396

Lafayette/Newton

Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless-Helen's House

Transitional Housing

$53,000

Elizabeth

Gospel Services Benevolent Society

Shelter

$113,055

Irvington

Homefront - TLC, Inc.

Transitional Housing

$115,200

Trenton

Jersey Battered Women's Service

Shelter/Transitional Housing

$41,002

Morristown

Loving Care Homes Inc.

Transitional Housing

$163,000

Bound Brook

Monmouth County

Transitional Housing

$150,000

Tinton Falls

New Community Harmony House Corp.

Transitional Housing

$50,000

Newark

NJ Association on Correction

Shelter

$121,424

Camden County

Ocean's Harbor House

Transitional Housing

$72,856

Toms River

Positive Health Care, Inc.

Transitional Housing

$127,304

Newark

R and R Development

Transitional Housing

$109,000

Newark

Rescue Mission of Trenton

Shelter

$151,700

Trenton

Rural Development Corporation

Shelter

$160,000

Vineland

Shelter Our Sisters

Shelter

$181,100

Teaneck

The Sierra House, Inc.

Transitional Housing

$13,500

East Orange

United Progress, Inc.

Transitional Housing

$89,500

Trenton

Volunteers of America Delaware Valley, Inc.

Transitional Housing

$350,000

Camden

Women Aware

Shelter

$159,000

New Brunswick

 

 

The DCA’s Division of Housing and Community Resources is committed to building neighborhoods and to providing financial and technical assistance to municipalities, community action agencies and other nonprofit organizations for community and economic development projects that improve the quality of life for low-income, disabled and disadvantaged residents. For further information on the Division, log on tohttp://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/.


 

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