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Congressman Sires Reintroduces Legislation to Help Communities in New Jersey Combat Homelessness

Jan 6, 2021
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires reintroduced the Local Solutions to End Homelessness Act to empower communities in New Jersey to prevent and address homelessness.

“This legislation will empower communities in New Jersey to implement solutions and programs that provide critical affordable housing services,” stated Rep. Sires. “Our cities are on the front lines of homelessness prevention, and I will continue to support their efforts to make housing more secure and affordable for all 8th District residents.”

Emergency Solutions Grants, administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, help individuals and families quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness. The program provides grants to states, metropolitan cities, urban counties and U.S. territories to support homelessness prevention and emergency shelter.

The Local Solutions to End Homelessness Act would allow cities that previously received this funding, but now fall below the designated federal threshold, to continue receiving funding for local programs at the county level. This legislation would directly benefit numerous towns in New Jersey, including Hoboken.

Text of the bill can be found here.