Jewish Family Service Receives Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Grant | Down the beach
MARGATE – Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties received a $50,000 grant from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. Funds will be used for JFS’s Atlantic Homeless Alliance Travel Assistance Program, which connects individuals and families in Atlantic City experiencing homelessness to safe housing and other services required.
Through this program, JFS staff will help individuals reconnect with family, friends or a service provider. JFS staff join the person in a problem-solving conversation, then cover the cost of a bus, train or plane ticket. This emotional support and practical help makes the difference between remaining homeless in Atlantic City or securing viable housing.
“The generous funds provided by CRDA are essential to ensuring that JFS is able to continue to provide this key intervention to address homelessness in Atlantic City. By working in partnership with Atlantic County, Atlantic City and other community providers, JFS staff are able to reconnect individuals to their home communities and prevent homelessness,” said Andrea Steinberg. , CEO of JFS.
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In 2020, the Atlantic County Point-in-Time Count, an annual snapshot of the homeless population, showed that 95% of the county’s homeless population lives in Atlantic City. It also reported that almost a third of these people said their last permanent address was outside the county (Monarch Housing, 2020).
The AHA provides a single point of entry to help individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. AHA staff develop a personalized support plan with the primary goal of addressing homelessness concerns and challenges. Since 2014, JFS has effectively provided travel assistance to people experiencing homelessness or housing instability in Atlantic City. From April 2020 to March 2021, the JFS Atlantic Homeless Alliance has helped 2,544 people with travel assistance, homelessness prevention, supportive housing, case management and more. In partnership with JFS’s Project Assistance Transition from Homelessness (PATH), the team provides skilled outreach services to homeless and chronically homeless people with serious mental illness to develop trusting relationships and provide support. .
“The JFS Travel Assistance program creates an economic advantage for Atlantic City by reducing the long-term public costs associated with homelessness,” said Modia Butler, Chairman of the Board of CRDA.
For more information on JFS programs and services, visit www.jfsatlantic.org or call 609-822-1108.