New Jersey Coalition to End Homelessness
Summer 2014 
Dear Friends,

I am delighted to share the Coalition's first newsletter, which we will issue periodically to our colleagues who have expressed interest in our mission to end homelessness in NJ.

In my first six months as Executive Director, it has been a privilege to meet so many committed people. I look forward to working with you over the coming years. 
In March, Kate Leahy joined our team, bringing to the Coalition her extensive experience working on behalf of the homeless in New York City.

As always, your feedback and ideas are welcome.

Deb Ellis

Interview with Ann Thoresen, Director of the Atlantic Homeless Alliance: Implementing Atlantic County's Single Point of Entry Program


Atlantic County's Single Point of Entry program, which was implemented earlier this year, serves as a state and national model for efficiently streamlining the coordination of service providers catering to the homeless population.  We had a chance to speak with the program's director, Ann Thoresen, who gave us updates on the program's successes and challenges in its initial months of operation.  Click here to read.

Board Member Jeff Wild Helps House Homeless from Lakewood's Tent City 
Our board member and founder, Jeff Wild, was recently profiled for his successful efforts to house the residents of a tent encampment for the homeless in Lakewood, known as Tent City.  The article also discusses the Coalition's latest work in Ocean County.  To read more, click here.

Coalition Files Comments Objecting to Ocean County Long-Term Community Recovery (LTCR) Plan


On July 8, the Coalition's Executive Director, Deb Ellis, along with Advisory Board Member Connie Pascale, filed comments objecting to the draft LTCR Plan that intends to "be a roadmap" for how Ocean County moves forward after Superstorm Sandy. The Comments were submitted on behalf of five advocacy groups: Beat The Streets Ministries, New Jersey Coalition to End Homelessness, Shore Community Land Trust, Solutions to End Poverty Soon (STEPS), and The Lodge, Inc.


The Comments criticized the Plan for:

  • not addressing  the needs of the thousands of seriously disadvantaged renters and homeless households because the Plan contains NO provisions for a homeless emergency housing center or affordable housing, including supportive housing.
  • perpetuating the exclusionary, often discriminatory, residential housing patterns that contributed to the vulnerability of so many low-income storm victims.


To see the complete text of the Comments, click here.


TD Housing For Everyone Grant Competition

The TD Charitable Foundation just announced its 2014 Housing for Everyone Grant Competition.  It focuses on the creation or preservation of rental housing units for families with children. 


Nationwide, a total of 25 grants representing $2.5 million will be awarded to applications that meet the eligibility criteria. Funds will be allocated by TD Bank, N.A. metro market area. Applications (complete with all required attachments) will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, August 29, 2014. For more information, click here.



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

Board Members
Alison Recca-Ryan, President
Jackie Baillargeon
Joyce Campbell
Catholic Charities, Trenton

Laura Rodgers
Jewish Family Service, Atlantic and Monmouth 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

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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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