Project Homeless Connect In New Jersey
WARREN COUNTY, N.J. — It’s billed as a one-day one- stop shop to help people in need get back on their feet.
“When you go to NY city you see people on the streets. You know they’re homeless. In Phillipsburg and Hackettstown, you don’t see them.” said Anna Hockenbury of United Way
Help with coats, flu shots, Haircuts, and most importantly housing.
“We’re seeing a lot of folks who have run out of their unemployment benefits, people who qualify for food stamps who never got aid before. ” said Candy Brewster of Warren County Children’s Services.
“There where probably 20 or 25 people waiting at the door today to receive the services.” said Hockenbury.
Some are homeless and some are one circumstance away. That’s why they’re happy to see their Warren County community come to their aid
“They have the housing table, the dental, free cancer screening, flu shots.” said April Henderson
“Visitors arrive and fill out a sheet that lists what services they may need to help them out.” said Brewster.
Volunteers use the worksheets to help them find the things in the room that will bring stability to their lives. Then the information is used for the Census.
“It’s very important that we count those people and let the government know what the real situation is on the streets so we can get funding to help develop programs.” said Brewster.
Today many of the programs are churches, food banks and other non profits. April Henderson was able to get help with housing, food, and clothes.
“I really appreciate it. I’m not used to getting help. But you gotta do what you gotta do, you know?” said Henderson.