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Hope for Future Change: Sussex County Participates in National Project Homeless Connect
Release Date: January 01, 2008

Sussex County

Hope for Future Change:
Sussex County Participates in National Project Homeless Connect

On January 29, 2008, Sussex County will be conducting its fifth Point in Time survey and its second Project Homeless Connect, a national model of ending homelessness. Both of these are designed to aid counties in accurately getting a snapshot of their homeless population during a specified point in time and to assess the needs of this population. Generating an accurate, unduplicated count and assessing the housing and service needs of the homeless are imperative for the planning process of ending homelessness for every family, for every child and for every individual in Sussex County.

Sussex County completed their first Point in Time survey (PIT) in 2003 and has been conducting one annually ever since. Conducting the Point in Time is truly a community endeavor in which social service agencies, schools, municipalities, police, hospitals, food pantries, and community members join together with one goal in mind: to find the homeless and give a voice to them for hope of future change. A person who is homeless by HUD guidelines should be counted in this survey; by HUD's definition, a person is homeless if he resides in an emergency shelter, transitional institution such as halfway house, drug treatment center, etc, or somewhere considered not habitable for human beings such as a car, park, abandoned building or street. Because the Sussex County Continuum of Care committee wanted to know the true number of county residents that may not fit HUD's definition of homelessness but still lack a permanent residence, they created a survey in addition to HUD’s that will be conducted on the same day.

Project Homeless Connect, organized by social service agencies, county government, businesses, and community members, is a one-day event designed to provide housing resources, services, information and referral to county residents experiencing homelessness. This event, along with the Point in Time survey, will be held at

Manna House
54 High Street
Newton
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
January 29, 2008

Consumers experiencing homelessness will be linked up to such services as housing, social security, legal assistance, behavioral health, public benefits such as food stamps and Medicaid, heating and utility assistance and a mobile medical unit. Free giveaways will include massages, hot showers, haircuts, food bags, hygiene products, warm clothing and outerwear.

Volunteers and donations are needed for the second upcoming Project Homeless Connect.  Needed donations are:

  • soap, shampoo, laundry detergent
  • toiletries - paper products, toothpaste, toothbrushes
  • socks and gently worn warm clothing including coats, hats, gloves, and scarves of all sizes
  • canned food, non-perishable food items, can-openers

 To volunteer, donate or for more information, please contact Christine Florio at (973) 948-6000 ext. 226 or email cflorio@sussex.nj.us.

To learn more: Homelessness in Sussex County Q&A Sheet






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