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Bergen's Homeless Supported, Counted at Annual Event in Hackensack

The annual counting of Bergen County's homeless will also offer multiple forms of help to those who attend.

Last January nearly 200 homeless people from around Bergen County showed up at the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center in Hackensack to be a part of Bergen’s seventh annual Project Homeless Connect (PHC).

The eighth annual PHC event is set to take place on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the housing center in Hackensack and will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We’ve had a lot of success helping our Bergen County homeless get back on their feet. Project Homeless Connect puts all of our services in one place at one time for a one-stop opportunity to turn lives around,” said County Executive Donovan. 

In conjunction with PHC, a Point-in-Time (PIT) survey is administered by agencies throughout the county.  A count of homeless individuals in Bergen County will be taken for a snapshot of the number of people struggling without housing.

Attendees will be given access to information for Medicaid, food stamps, employment, legal services, HIV counseling, flu shots, donated gift cards, warm clothing and haircuts courtesy of The Parisian Beauty Academy of Hackensack. 

Donovan explained that the data collected through the PIT survey assists with program planning and development to bring Bergen County closer to the goal of ending homelessness.

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