There were nearly 67,000 documented homeless people in the New Jersey/NYC metro area in 2012. We must tackle homelessness. One in four were children. An additional 150,000 are still displaced because of Hurricane Sandy. That’s like having the residents from East Rutherford, Ridgewood, Montclair, N.J. and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn homeless and living on the street. Thousands of families also live doubled up with friends and relatives. What’s more, 40,000 NYC schoolchildren and 10,000+ veterans in our area do not have homes.
The working poor and unemployed frequently find themselves homeless, hungry and without proper health care. Your neighbor, colleague or co-worker may be one step away from losing their apartment or home. Whether the result of a natural disaster or a crippled economy, homelessness is an issue to be addressed and resolved. We can no longer keep a blind eye when it comes to our neighbors and friends.
We are fighting for everyone.