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ENDING HOMELESSNESS in NEW JERSEY EZINE
An occasional ezine of news related to ending homelessness in New Jersey.

March 12 , 2007
Volume 2/Number 2
ISSN 1935-4835
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Overview of the 2006 McKinney-Vento Homeless Awards

Last month HUD released the 2006 Continuum of Care announcements. This was the third highest level of funding for New Jersey in the last six years. However, this was the second decline in a row since the peak level of funding in 2004. Please note that the 2004 awards were the last year that HUD allowed for the Samaritan Bonus to be equal to or larger than the pro rata need. Thus, 2005 and 2006 are more comparable.

Annual Awards Since 2001

2001 $20,724,115
2002 $22,051,544
2003 $26,315,940
2004 $34,962,954
2005 $31,080,076
2006 $28,511,721

This continued decline in statewide funding - totaling $2,568,355 dollars since 2005 - is a concern that all twenty-one (21) of New Jersey's Continuums of Care will need to address prior to submitting this year's application. Although, the final scores by each category are not known, the two areas that are likely causes are the increased emphasis on housing over supportive services and the performance of renewal grants. As more information is known we will provide it.

Monarch Housing's Ending Homelessness Team continued to serve an effective role in maximizing the level of funding for the eleven (11) Continuums of Care that they worked with in 2006. To view the overall scoring for last year's awards click here. Of the top ten (10) Continuums, Monarch's Ending Homelessness Team worked with seven (7) including for the third year in a row the top ranked project in NJ. The Average Score increase for CoC’s working with Monarch was two point eight (2.8). The Average Rank increase for CoC’s working with Monarch was one point seven (1.7).

Although the Ending Homelessness Team only worked with fifty-two percent (52%) of the state, fifty-five per cent (55%) of the state's funding was received by those eleven (11) CoC's.

Total Funding

In addition, in regards to funding for new projects, Monarch's CoC's received fifty-five percent (55%) of the total.

New Funding

This new funding will result in the creation of eighty-nine (89) new units of permanent, affordable and supportive housing for the chronically homeless. Of these thirteen were housing first units.

To find out how each CoC click on the county name in the chart.

Bergen
Cumberland
Middlesex

 

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Monarch Housing Associates Blog Recent Posts on Ending
Homelessness

State of the Homeless 2007 in New York City
This is the official report from the Coalition for the Homeless on homelessness in NYC. To read the NY Times article "Homeless Families in City Shelters Hit Record, Despite the Mayor's Efforts" please click here. This report has produced controversy. Please share your comments. State of the Homeless...

Compassion, Concern and Conflicted Feelings: New Yorkers on Homelessness and Housing
This is an important study on opinions about homelessness and how to end it instead of manage it. If only we had a poll of the opinions of New Jersey residents. Please share your comments. Compassion, Concern and Conflicted Feelings: New Yorkers on Homelessness and Housing Nearly 8 in 10 Call Homelessness...

Campaign for a National Housing Trust Fund
This is from our friend Arnold Cohen of the Housing and Community Development Network. Campaign for a National Housing Trust Fund The National Low Income Housing Coalition is leading a campaign to call for a National Housing Trust Fund and we learned more about how the campaign is progressing. If we are...

Homeless in Camden: A daily fight to survive
This article about the challenging work being undertaken on a daily basis in Camden to manage homelessness should only give us more encouragement to work to end homelessness. This appeared in the March 6th Courier-Post. Homeless in Camden: A daily fight to survive By ALAN GUENTHER, Courier-Post Staff CAMDEN Lonnie Hicks limps past what ...

With no home, mom is stressed
This article about the challenging work being undertaken on a daily basis in Camden to manage homelessness should only give us more encouragement to work to end homelessness. This appeared in the March 6th Courier-Post. With no home, mom is stressed By ALAN GUENTHER, Courier-Post Staff CAMDEN When women and children need a place ...

 

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Homeless Trust Fund Gains Momentum

Momentum is building for the county-based Homeless Trust Fund. There are more than one hundred (100) organizations that have signed on to the Homeless Trust Fund.

If you are interested in helping with the campaign we encourage you to read the sign on letter and have your organization become one of the leaders in this important campaign. For a fact sheet click here or for a description of possible uses and populations to be served click here. For more information contact Randi Moore.

To see all who have signed up click here.

Why is your organization not on the list?

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How County Homeless Trust Funds Could Help End Homelessness?

County based Homeless Trust Funds would provide funding for the implementation of the locally developed Ten Year Plans to End Homelessness.

To review posts on the Blog about the Homeless Trust Fund click here.

Project Homeless Connect New Jersey 2007 Serves 5,121 Individuals!

PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT
BY THE NUMBERS
5,121
The number of individuals who attended
940
The total number of volunteers
203
The number of shelter beds provided that night
43
The number of PHC Events statewide
20
The number of counties participating

For more information and to view the power point presentation that reviews all of the accomplishments of the first Statewide Project Homeless Connect click here. For more information on Project Homeless Connect New Jersey click here.


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What The EHT does Throughout New Jersey

To view the counties the Ending Homelessness Team works in click here.

The McKinney-Vento program may soon change. For more details, click here.

To meet the Ending Homelessness Team staff click here.

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Photos and Press Updates

The press coverage from the first ever Statewide Project Homeless Connect has been overwhelming.

The best place to get updates is the Monarch Blog. This is updated daily. To sign up for the email digest click here.

Some of the current posts are on the sidebar and in this section. The best place to go for regular updates is the Monarch Blog. To view the more than thirty-one (31) posts on the Blog about Project Homeless Connect click here or use the headline banner at the bottom which provides the most recent postings. Click on one to read the details. Photos and news are added daily.

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Monarch's Blog

This Blog provides news and commentary on ending homelessness and expanding supportive housing in N. J. On this page you can see the headlines of recent posts form the Blog. You can go to the Blog and post comments on any of the posts or email them to colleagues. You can also sign up for the feed that provides the headlines and articles or subscribe to our email digest of the posts.

To let us know of other news stories for the Blog or the Ezine please contact
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Tuesday March 13, 2007
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HMIS Refresher Training
HMIS will be holding Refresher Training courses. For more information click here or contact Kendra Lynch, HMIS Program Assistant (609) 278-7599.

About the Ending Homelessness in New Jersey Ezine

This ezine is an occasional publication of the Ending Homelessness Team (EHT) of Monarch Housing Associates. If you have suggestions or would like to have something included in a future issue please contact Randi Moore Senior Associate and the EHT Team Leader. In addition, please feel free to share this with other interested parties and encourage them to the subscribe by using the button in the adjacent column. To view the archive of previous issues click here and then select the back issue you would like to read.

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