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NJ Could Soon Gain Online Access To Homeless Prevention Programs

Bergen County is the first county in New Jersey to have completed a certified initiative in eliminating veteran homelessness.
Bergen County is the first county in New Jersey to have completed a certified initiative in eliminating veteran homelessness. Photo Credit: Instagram

The New Jersey State Assembly on Monday unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Bergen and Passaic County democrat Gary Schaer and others that would make information about homeless prevention programs and services available online.

If passed by the Senate and signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie, this would mean easier access to help for those who need it.

“Many people in a vulnerable state don’t know where to begin to look for help,” Schaer said.

“This bill can help bridge this information gap by requiring that information on homeless prevention programs and services not only be made available online, but in physical locations to increase visibility and connect people with services they need, but may not know exist.”

Bill A-1658 requires the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to prepare and make available on the department's Internet website, in an easily printable format, information on all municipal, county, state and federal homeless prevention programs and services available to a homeless people.

The information would also be available to people at imminent risk of homelessness who are not eligible for or do not qualify to receive municipal, county, state, or federal social or public assistance services.

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