Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Executive Order 92

WHEREAS, New Jersey faces the problem of insufficient
shelter for a growing number of homeless individuals and
families, including seniors, people with disabilities, children,
and veterans; and
WHEREAS, housing is one of the basic needs of all
individuals and families within the State of New Jersey and
across the nation; and
WHEREAS, homelessness creates barriers to safety, health,
education, and full productive participation in the community;
WHEREAS, each year, individuals and families lose their
housing and become homeless due to assorted unforeseen
circumstances and often through no fault of their own; and
WHEREAS, there is no single, simple solution to the
problems of homelessness because of the different subpopulations
of the homeless, the different causes of and reasons
for homelessness, and the different needs of homeless
individuals and families; and
WHEREAS, the United States Interagency Council on
Homelessness, created in 1987 pursuant to what is now known as
the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. § 11311 et
seq., supports the creation of national partnerships at every
level of government and with the private sector to prevent and
reduce homelessness in the nation;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHRIS CHRISTIE, Governor of the State of
New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the
Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER
1. There is hereby established in the Department of Human
Services (“DHS”) an Interagency Council on Homelessness (the
2. The membership of the Council shall be comprised of
the following: (i) the Commissioners of the Department of
Children and Families, the Department of Community Affairs
(“DCA”), the Department of Corrections, the Department of
Education, the Department of Health and Senior Services, the
Department of Human Services, and the Department of Labor and
Workforce Development, the Executive Director of the New Jersey
Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, the Chair of the State
Parole Board, the Adjutant General of the Department of Military
and Veterans Affairs, and a representative of the Office of the
Governor, each of whom shall serve ex officio and may appoint a
designee; and (ii) fifteen (15) public members appointed by the
3. The Commissioners of DHS and DCA, or their designees,
shall act as co-chairpersons of the Council.
4. The public members of the Council shall serve at the
pleasure of the Governor and without compensation.
5. The Council shall meet on a regular basis as
determined by the co-chairpersons.
6. The Council shall:
a. Consider the Interim Report issued by the Council
on Preventing and Reducing Homelessness;
b. Identify statutory and regulatory impediments to
the effective provision of services to homeless individuals and
families and recommend changes to relevant laws, regulations,
programs, and policies in order to better address the use of
State funds directed to homelessness and homelessness
c. Prepare an annual report to the Governor by or
before December 31st of each year through the term of the Council
detailing the work of the Council over the previous twelve
months; and
d. Utilizing the aforementioned reports and building
upon the interim findings and recommendations of the Council,
prepare a comprehensive ten-year plan to prevent and end
homelessness in New Jersey.
7. The Council shall organize and meet as soon as
practicable after the appointment of a majority of its members.
8. Staffing for the Council shall be undertaken and
coordinated by DHS and DCA.
9. The Council is authorized to call upon any department,
division, office, or agency of State government to provide such
information, resources, or other assistance deemed necessary to
discharge its responsibilities under this Order. Each
department, division, office, and agency of this State is hereby
required, to the extent not inconsistent with law, to cooperate
with the Council and to furnish it with such information,
personnel, and assistance as is necessary to accomplish the
purposes of this Order.
10. The Council shall operate until December 31, 2014.
11. This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this
18th day of April,
Two Thousand and Twelve,
and of the Independence of
the United States, the Two
Hundred and Thirty-Sixth.
/s/ Chris Christie
/s/ Charles B. McKenna
Chief Counsel to the Governor

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