Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Tuesday, March 25, 1-4 p.m.
NJ State Museum Auditorium
205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ

The New Jersey Coalition to End Homelessness urges advocates, service providers, and individuals affected by homelessness to testify at this important public hearing. In order for changes to occur in our state, the members of the Interagency Council need to hear about the real barriers faced by homeless individuals and those who provide services. Testimony is limited to three-minute statements with no questions. The Council is particularly interested in hearing views on two topics:
• Best practices in homeless services delivery and
• Impediments to the delivery of homeless services.

The hearing is held by Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Richard Constable and Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Jennifer Velez. Several members of the NJCEH are members of the Council including Board President Alison Recca-Ryan, Trustee Connie Mercer, Advisory Board Member Kent Pipes, and former Trustee Julia Orlando.

Written remarks may be submitted via email at or by mail to Homeless Council Public Testimony, NJ Department of Human Services, Office of the Commissioner, PO Box 700, Trenton, NJ 08625-0700.

Some excellent sample talking points for the hearing are listed at the website of Monarch Housing Associates,

The Interagency Council on Homelessness was created by Governor Christie in April 2012 and is charged with better identifying and addressing the needs of homeless individuals in New Jersey and preparing a 10-year plan to end homelessness in New Jersey.


Deb Ellis

How to help the relocated from Tent City

Homelessness Ended through Local Partners

A Network of Ocean County Housing Advocates

Support Services for the Newly Housed

If you have recently left Tent City and moved into an apartment or motel, or will be leaving Tent City in the near future and need some help, please let us know.

Some of the things we can help you with for free are:

·       transportation for food shopping
·       transportation to job interviews, doctors/clinic appointments
·       transportation to Social Services, Social Security, and unemployment offices
·       help with filing for possible benefits from Social Services, Social Security, and unemployment
·       help with financial matters -- budgeting, checking accounts, paying bills, etc.
·       help with researching bus routes and providing bus schedules
·       provide list of food pantries and soup kitchens
·       furniture
·       encouragement to attend AA and NA meetings

If you need help with any of the above, or have other needs,  please call:

Stan Rosenthal                                            Paul Hulse
908-902-0769 (Call or text)                        386-315-0168 (call or text)


Monday, March 17, 2014

NJ Supreme Court gives COAH more time to propose rules, again

NJ Supreme Court issues order that vacates COAH appellate ruling, gives state until November to adopt new rules

Be sure to read Justice Albin's dissent beginning on page 5.

My Din died in Tent City fire

Lakewood's Tent City resident killed in fire remembered as 'very friendly' culinary expert

Saturday, March 1, 2014

NJ Coalition to End Homelessness: Good news - the tents are coming down

Tents are coming down in the Lakewood Tent City -- and in a good way! As per the court orders with Lakewood obtained with the Coalition's support, all of the homeless residents who participated in the court-ordered census last April are now in the process of moving out of the cold woods and into apartments.  So far, more than 30 men and women who had to fight to survive in the woods are now warm indoors.  Their tents are only coming down when they are no longer needed.  The Coalition congratulates board member Jeff Wild for his dedicated efforts in securing this victory.

Here is a link to one of the many heartwarming stories of those who finally have a home of their own:

Kevin's Story

There is, however, much more work to be done. Even though Lakewood is now abiding by the law – providing housing for these unsheltered homeless - Ocean County is not. Ocean County must provide a safety net – an emergency housing center – for all the other homeless throughout Ocean County.  At the so-called “Special Response” Office of the Board of Social Services in Toms River, homeless men, women and children are still being turned away on a daily basis as “ineligible” for emergency shelter.   The Coalition has made addressing this unconscionable situation one of its top priorities for this year.  Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution towards the Coalition's remaining work using the link below.

Support the Coalition


Deb Ellis