Updated (9/3/2015, 10:26 a.m.): The Department of Health has announced that due to overwhelming response, the remaining dates for this program will be suspended. According to a statement by the city, “as of 3 p.m. yesterday, Director [of Health and Community Wellness Hanna] Hamdi announced that the program had served more than 500 people, including 84 children, providing them with housing and medical screening. About 200 applicants had substance abuse or mental health disabilities, and 60 had medical disabilities. The applicants will be placed in housing within 45 days.”
Updated (9/2/2015, 5:05 p.m.): The Department of Health has added a date for Thursday, September 3rd: St. James Social Services, (604 Martin Luther King, Jr, Boulevard), from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. See original post for Friday/Saturday locations.
The City of Newark’s Department of Health and Community Wellness will be holding application and approval fairs for free housing for area homeless this Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To qualify for free housing, applicants must be homeless and have a documented health of medical issue, or a history of drug or substance abuse. One bedroom, two bedroom, and three bedroom housing is available under this program.
All three sessions will be held at Newark Penn Station. Many homeless people in the area use the station for shelter, making it a logical site to for both outreach for Newarkers in need, and for the application processing itself.
Staff onsite will also conduct medical screenings and walk applicants through the process for securing identification and other essential documentation required to take advantage of the program.