Newark to open seven homeless shelters for year-round services
Published November 1, 2018 | Manny Faces
Apostles’ House. Image via Google Streetview
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced that the city is moving forward with plans to keep seven area homeless shelters open year-round, in an effort “to meet the housing and support service needs for the City’s most vulnerable population.”
“The City of Newark can’t deal with homelessness by ourselves in isolation,” said Mayor Baraka in announcing the initiative, reinforcing the idea that battling homelessness must be a joint effort between Newark and state and local government agencies, charitable organizations, and nonprofits. “By distributing our available funds to a group of sheltering organizations,” he continued, “we are strengthening [that] collaboration.”
Each shelter location offers services for a particular section of the population, with some allowing adults only, and others welcoming families with children. All locations will be accepting registrations starting November 1, 2018.
Previously, shelters tended to only operate during periods of extreme weather. “The heart of this initiative,” said Dr. Mark J. Wade, Newark’s Director of Health and Community Wellness, “is to provide sheltering and support services for the most vulnerable of our city’s population. It’s part of the Mayor’s vision and defines our commitment.”
For more information about the new program, contact the shelters directly, or the Department of Health and Community Wellness, Division of Homeless Services at (973) 877– 9484, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Apostles’ House, 513-515 Avon Avenue, Newark, NJ – (973) 482-0625 [Single women and families with children]
Isaiah House, 238 North Munn Avenue, East Orange, NJ – (973) 678–5882 [Single women and families with children]
Catholic Charities / St. Rocco’s, 590 North 7th Street, Newark, NJ – (973) 286-4175 [Families with children]
Circle of Life, 55 Tillinghast Street, Newark, NJ – (862) 763-4859 [Adults only, LGBTQ Friendly]