New Jersey Coalition to End Homelessness

Fall 2014 

Dear Friends,

We are happy to let you know that the Coalition has grown significantly since our July newsletter, when our board voted to lower membership rates so that more service providers would be able to join us. Since August, the Coalition has grown from 3 to 31 organizations.  A list of our organizational members is below. For a complete list including our individual members, please visit our website: www.njceh.org.  


I'd like to extend a big thank you to all of those who have recently joined us, as well as to all of our members and supporters.


If you have not yet become a member of the Coalition, I encourage you to join our network of service providers, advocates and concerned citizens committed to ending homelessness in New Jersey. Advocacy is more effective when we work together.  Click here to learn more about how to join.


This edition of our quarterly newsletter spotlights the work of Julia Orlando and the Bergen County Housing, Health & Human Services Center; the Center just celebrated its fifth anniversary and is a model of collaboration between government and nonprofits. The newsletter also includes a new feature, Member Perspective, with an essay by James Abro, a contributor for TalkPoverty.org.


As always, your feedback and ideas are welcome.

Deb Ellis

Spotlight on Bergen County's Housing, Health and Human Services Center


In October, the Bergen County Housing, Health & Human Services Center celebrated its fifth anniversary.  The Hackensack-based program provides a full continuum of services including homelessness prevention, temporary shelter and permanent placement.  The program's Director, Julia Orlando, focuses on collaboration and a housing-first approach to shelter, which has led to tremendous success.  For more information on how the Center was created and how it has achieved its goal of reducing homelessness, the full article can be found by clicking here.

Member Perspective
In his essay entitled "Poverty and Homelessness are Human and Civil Rights Issues," James Abro emphasizes the need for a shift in our perceptions of those experiencing poverty and homelessness. He recommends dropping the "War on Poverty" in exchange for recognition of the poor as "fully human, entitled to the same human and constitutional rights as anyone else."  Click here to read.

Our Coalition Members


Advance Housing, Inc.


Affordable Homes Group


Anti-Poverty Network of NJ


Bergen Housing, Health and Human Services Center


Burns Property Group, LLC


Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton


Corporation for Supportive Housing


Fair Share Housing Center


Garden State Equality


Greenbriar Woodlands Senior Bandstand Club




Housing and Community Development Network of NJ


Housing Center of Ocean County


Interfaith Hospitality Network, Essex County


Interfaith Neighbors Inc., Monmouth County


Jewish Family Service Atlantic & Cape May Counties


National Association of Social Workers, New Jersey


New Jersey Shares


Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity


Operation Chillout


Pleasantville Housing Authority


Rescue Mission of Trenton


Rukenstein & Associates, LLC


Solutions To End Poverty Soon (STEPS)


Supportive Housing Association of NJ


TD Bank


Tetragon Financial Group


The Haven


Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of NJ


United Way of Hudson County


Volunteers of America, Delaware Valley


November 15-23 is National Homelessness & Hunger Awareness Week.  

For information on special opportunities to help the homeless in New Jersey, click here.

We also encourage you to support your local food banks, soup kitchens, and homeless service providers.
The Coalition's Executive Director will lead a workshop at 
Anti-Poverty Network's Annual Poverty Summit, December 4th 

For details on how to attend, please visit:  
Contact NJCEH

Deb Ellis, Executive Director
Kate Leahy, Director of Operations & Communications

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Board Members
Alison Recca-Ryan, President
Joyce Campbell
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton

Laura Rodgers
Jewish Family Service, Atlantic and Cape May Counties

Danny Altilio
United Way of Hudson County

Rhonda Coe
R.B. Coe Consulting

Connie Mercer

Bill Southrey

Sam Tsemberis
Pathways to Housing

Jeffrey Wild
Lowenstein, Sandler, LLP


The New Jersey Coalition to End Homelessness (NJCEH) is a statewide non-profit organization with one mission: to eradicate homelessness in New Jersey.  We believe in a New Jersey where no one is forced to sleep outside and where every man, woman and child lives in safe, affordable housing. The Coalition will work with its partners throughout the State until that vision becomes a reality. 


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