Jewish Family Service Receives Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Grant
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Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties (JFS) received a $50,000 grant from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA).
The funds will be used for JFS’s Atlantic Homeless Alliance (AHA) Travel Assistance Program, which connects individuals and families in Atlantic City who are experiencing homelessness to safe housing and d other necessary services.
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.
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.
About Jewish Family Service
Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties (JFS) fosters strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energetic seniors, and vibrant communities.
With dozens of program areas, JFS specializes in counseling, mental health services, homeless programs, professional services, adult and elder services, and also hosts a food pantry on square. The agency impacts 13,000 lives in Atlantic and Cape May counties each year.
JFS’s mission is to motivate and empower people to realize their potential and improve their quality of life. In keeping with Jewish values and the spirit of tikkun olam (healing the world), JFS provides services with integrity, compassion, respect and professionalism, regardless of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity , their age or their origin.
For more information or to keep up to date with events and programs, visit JFS at jfsatlantic.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
About Casino Reinvestment Development Authority
The only such agency nationwide, the CRDA has used reinvestments from Atlantic City casinos as a catalyst for meaningful and positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984.
Under the Tourist District Act of 2011, the Authority’s mission evolved from statewide projects to become the primary state economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA’s expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing, and clean and safe initiatives.
The CRDA also oversees the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall (the nation’s leading entertainment venue of its size) and the Atlantic City Convention Center.
In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, including $1.8 billion in Atlantic City, spurring business investment and expansion and creating permanent jobs in the process.
For more information about the CRDA and our projects, visit www.njcrda.comand follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
For comprehensive tourist information about Atlantic City, visit www.atlanticcitynj.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.