Urge Cumberland County Freeholders to Create a Homeless Trust Fund

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  • Cumberland County had the highest poverty rate in the state of New Jersey in 2014 with 20.6% of our residents living at our below the poverty line.
    Cumberland County has been ranked as the worst place in the state of New Jersey for children with a total of 10,907 children living under the federally calculated “poverty level” based on family income.
  • The number of people experiencing homelessness during the 2015 Homeless Point In Time Survey in Cumberland County, NJ is 201 persons which included 53 people who are chronically homeless.
  • The number of veterans that are homeless in Cumberland County NJ has increased by 10% from 2013 to 2015 with at least 9 counted homeless veterans during the 2015 Point In Time Survey.

In 2009, New Jersey implemented a law that would permit counties to impose a surcharge of $3 on each document recorded with a county, for deposit into a Homelessness Trust Fund. The Homelessness Trust Funds would be used to implement a ten-year plan to end homelessness. The Freeholder Board with the advice of a Trust Fund Task Force would disperse the funds to supplement a coordinated effort of all stakeholders in eliminating chronic homelessness in the county.

This fund would generate approximately $75,000/year . Three dollars is less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks, and these funds would be utilized to end homelessness in Cumberland County, which costs the county $1.6 million/year. These funds can be utilized to end chronic homelessness in Cumberland County by 2020 (see

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