As part of the Christie administration’s Season of Service initiative, New Jersey Commissioner of Education Chris Cerf visited the administrative headquarters of the Center for Family Services, a nonprofit organization serving the southern region of New Jersey, to announce a $117,000 grant for the organization to create additional emergency shelter beds for victims of domestic violence in Cumberland County.
“Organizations like the Center for Family Services, who provide much needed support to individuals during their times of need, are often the unsung heroes of our towns and state,” Cerf said. “One of the most rewarding aspects of the governor’s Season of Service is that it provides us with an opportunity to see community in action. These reminders that we are all New Jerseyans are ones that should inspire us to all work a bit harder and give a bit more.”
The funding comes through a Shelter Support grant program awarded annually by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. Grants can be used to create new emergency shelter beds; abate code violations; address life safety issues in emergency shelters and transitional housing facilities; support existing shelter beds and purchase equipment, furnishings and vans, resulting in improving living conditions for homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence and military veterans.
It is estimated that the shelters and transitional housing facilities receiving Shelter Support grants will assist more than 3,000 households over the next year.
SERV also provides emergency safe housing to female victims of domestic violence and their children. All services are confidential, free of charge and offered in English and Spanish.
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