Jan. 26 event provides services to area homeless at three locations

FREEHOLD –  On Wednesday, Jan. 26, a team of volunteers and county staff will be in Asbury Park, Freehold and Red Bank meeting with people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless and encouraging them to seek county services and resources.

Citizens without a permanent residence or who are at risk of being homeless are encouraged to participate in Monmouth County’s 2011 Project Homeless Connect event by visiting one of these locations between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26:

  • Atonement Lutheran Church, 308 First Avenue, Asbury Park
  • New Beginnings Agape Christian Center, 133 Throckmorton Street, Freehold
  • A.M.E. Zion Church, 285 Shrewsbury Avenue, Red Bank

Those who participate will be asked to provide information and will be offered food, clothing and various services, including free health screenings and employment services.

The annual event is designed to gather information about individuals who are experiencing homelessness, and offers information and services available through the county’s Department of Human Services, Health Department and not-for-profit organizations.

Project Homeless Connect hopes to gain an accurate picture of the number of people who experience homelessness and to work toward providing them with the needed services.

The outreach effort is held on the same day as the county’s annual point-in-time survey when county staff and other community partners conduct a census of individuals who are homeless in the county. The day provides a snapshot of homeless citizens and as part of a larger state-wide event held the same day, and fulfills the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requirement that such a count of the homeless be done every two years.

 

For more information about Project Homeless Connect, contact the Monmouth County Department of Human Services at 732-683-2102.