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NJ Human Services to provide counties with money to help protect homeless individuals during freezing, dangerous weather

Funding Will Help Local Efforts During Code Blue Alerts

NEW JERSEY –  New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson recently announced the department will provide counties with $2.5 million to support ​local efforts to protect homeless individuals during freezing temperatures and dangerous weather.

Under state law, a Code Blue alert is declared when either temperatures drop below freezing or weather conditions pose a danger to the homeless population. The Code Blue alert directs local ​authorities to ​make shelters or warming centers ​available for individuals who are homeless and unsheltered.

“Protecting and assisting individuals struggling with homelessness is always a top priority, but that need is exacerbated during dangerous weather,” Johnson said. “This funding will prove vital to helping local authorities protect individuals in need of a safe place during dangerous cold weather. Assisting counties with ​these resources will help save lives and protect vulnerable individuals and families, while also opening the door to vital assistance for those in need.”

A county governing body is required to declare a Code Blue 24 to 48 hours before weather temperatures are predicted to reach 32 degrees or lower or wind child temperatures will be zero degrees or less for a period of two hours or more.

Counties must also alert municipalities with a documented homeless population of at least 10, social services agencies and nonprofit organizations that a Code Blue will be in effect.

And counties must provide emergency warming centers for the duration of the Code Blue alert.

County allocations are based on New Jersey’s Point in Time Count of individuals experiencing homelessness which is updated every year. The allocation breakdown by county is as follows:

County Allocation
Atlantic $120,000
Bergen $95,000
Burlington $145,000
Camden $170,000
Cape May $25,000
Cumberland $50,000
Essex $545,000
Gloucester $25,000
Hudson $240,000
Hunterdon $50,000
Mercer $145,000
Middlesex $170,000
Monmouth $95,000
Morris $95,000
Ocean $95,000
Passaic $145,000
Salem $25,000
Somerset $95,000
Sussex $25,000
Union $120,000
Warren $25,000
Total $2,500,000

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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