County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
August 9, 2018

Monmouth County Breaks Ground on 
Adult Homeless Shelter

The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and other officials at the groundbreaking for the new adult homeless shelter.FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County officials today held a groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of construction for the County’s new adult homeless shelter on property conveyed to the county by the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) that will offer temporary housing, counseling and other services to individuals until more permanent housing and treatment services are identified. 
The former emergency homeless shelter was lost during Super Storm Sandy, with its population assigned to another center.
Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone speaking at the event.“Monmouth County has a responsibility to help those who cannot help themselves due to any number of circumstances,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “We are able to hold this groundbreaking today due to an all-out cooperative effort between the County and FMERA. We are grateful to everyone who has had a hand in getting us to where we are today – thank you for your vision and support.”
The FMERA-funded 4,500-square-foot shelter will have a 12-bed dorm for men, a four-bed dorm for women, separate restrooms and showers for men and women, a laundry room, a clothing sorting and storage room, a counseling office and a security desk. Freeholder Deputy Director Lillian G. Burry speaks at the ceremony.The central resident common area has a kitchen and pantry, a 16-person dining area, a computer nook and a seating area with a television.
The shelter’s services are funded by the County and administered by The Affordable Housing Alliance, the organization who has worked successfully with Monmouth County in attending to the needs of homeless residents over the past few years.
Freeholder Deputy Director Lillian G. Burry is a long-time advocate for veterans, individuals facing homelessness and other debilitating issues. She is a member of the Fort Monmouth Economic The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders at the groundbreaking ceremony.Revitalization Authority where she chairs the Veterans Affairs sub-committee and serves on the real estate sub-committee. “Issues surrounding homelessness and life challenges are the essence of my years in elected office, said Burry. “This groundbreaking milestone for a new shelter that will provide a temporary safe haven for homeless adults and lead them onto a path to a better quality of life is what my years of service are all about,” she added.
The future site of the shelter currently houses an 11,500 square-foot building, parking areas and concrete pads and ramps that will all be demolished, making way for the new shelter.
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