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N.J. awards $3.8M to nonprofits funding homeless shelters, transitional housing

homeloans030411_optBY TOM HESTER SR.
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The state government is disbursing $3.8 million in state and federal aid to 37 organization that provide temporary housing.

The Shelter Support grants will aid nonprofit agencies operating emergency homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities and assist approximately 3,000 families in keeping a roof over their heads over the next year.

These aid will be used, in part, to abate housing 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.

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 state Division of Housing and Community Resources.

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

“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,” Gov. Chris Christie said in a statement. “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.”

“When families arrive at a shelter, they’ve normally exhausted every resource they have in an effort to avoid homelessness,” DCA Commissioner Lori Grifa said. “Some have made enormous sacrifices just to keep a roof over their heads. 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.”



 
Comments (2)
2 Tuesday, 17 June 2014 12:41
AMIR KHAN
We are Community Welfare International known as CWI base in Bayonne NJ. we are focusing Home less shelters and free health clinics through NJ. right now we are facing some financial problems and some City of Bayonne giving us a problems not to be cooperative with us. we doing every thing our own. we do have 8 thousand sq ft space to began our non profit cause in Bayonne. we working one thing at a time since resources are very limited. hopefully we will be in operation in Sept,2014 then we can move on through in New Jersey. just pray for us to achieve our goal soon on time.
1 Friday, 25 April 2014 09:27
Renee Johnson
Hello I am looking for grants to help medically fragile babies transition back into their home once awarded by the state or be adopted. My home will provide a warm and loving environment for babies 0-12years. We will also have educational workshops to help the families understand the illness or disease that the babies have encountered. Once the babies are awarded back into the home we will have 2 weeks of in house counseling and monitored visits from the home caregiver. (parents) After that weekly,monthly,3 months, 6 months and then yearly visits there after until all parties are comfortable. The home has not been opened yet but this is our mission and vision for this year 2014. Prayer is appreciated and guidance is welcome.

This money is greatly appreciated I'm sure weather it be for me and my babies or another trust worthy organization ready to do Gods work!!

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