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Posted on: January 2, 2020

Burlington County Freeholders Cut the Ribbon on Housing Hub

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Today in Westampton, Burlington County Freeholders and gathered officials cut the ribbon for the Housing Hub in the Burlington County Human Services Building. 

 

“The County Housing Hub will provide residents with a streamlined process for seeking assistance from Human Services and its community partners,” said Burlington County Freeholder Felicia Hopson, liaison to the Department of Human Services. “The Hub provides a coordinated entry point for residents experiencing homelessness. When residents come to the Housing Hub, staff and community partners will utilize the coordinated assessment developed by our local Continuum of Care System, and this information will be used to connect the clients to the services available to help them on site.” 

 

The Housing Hub will have daily volunteers scheduled from various County agencies as well as community partners to assist those seeking housing. Partners at the Housing Hub may include but are not limited to: Board of Social Services, Christian Caring Center, Belmont Homes, St. Vincent DePaul, Legacy PATH Services, Soldier On, Salvation Army, Social Security and Children’s System Partners. 

 

“While strides have been made to reduce the homelessness rate in Burlington County, more needs to be done to help connect people who are homeless to the resources that can help them,” said New Jersey Senator Troy Singleton. “That is why the Housing Hub – which will provide a centralized point of access to housing and social services – is needed now, more than ever. I am thankful for the leadership of Freeholder Hopson and the Freeholder Board for their relentless commitment to finding solutions to help the homeless in Burlington County.”

 

“The goal of the Housing Hub was to reduce barriers for our at-risk residents, while increasing daily interface between our social services agencies,” said Freeholder Hopson. “This is a unique model in the State, and ultimately moves us toward the goals recommended by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of having a single point of entry. We are hopeful that this will lead to consideration of increased funding from HUD in the future. We believe having all the service providers in the room together will lead to improved care for our residents.”

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