Measure Would Create Grant Program in Atlantic, Cape May & Cumberland Counties
(1st LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT) – Assemblyman Sgt. Bob Andrzejczak has introduced legislation to help homeless veterans in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties.
The bill (A-4305) would require the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs to award grants to Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties to provide veterans with improved access to homeless shelters. Under the bill, Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties may submit applications proposing locations for homeless veteran shelters and identifying potential sites for development of a shelter.
New Jersey has an estimated 7,000 to 8,000 homeless veterans, according to the state Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs.
“New Jersey’s southern counties are in particular need of shelters for homeless veterans,” said Andrzejczak (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland). “Because of mobility issues, access to resources is often limited for homeless veterans, and in conditions such as extreme cold, they find themselves isolated from shelters and facilities that provide resources for veterans. This bill would result in the development of much-needed shelters in appropriate locations.”
Andrzejczak served in the United States Army and attained the rank of Sergeant. He was injured during a 2008 deployment to Iraq when his convoy was hit by an anti-tank grenade.
“It’s disturbing that so many of our veterans, who fought so bravely to protect our freedom and save lives, continue to fight with homelessness and the problems that come with it,” Andrzejczak said. “This bill is a step in the right direction. It’s a common sense idea, and the right thing to do.”