(TLS file photo of Senator Singer and Police Chief Lawson visiting the Tent City homeless camp). Officials in Monmouth and Ocean counties are conducting separate surveys Wednesday to count the number of homeless in each county. The survey, taken once a year, will help federal and county officials count the actual number of homeless so they can access their future needs. The survey will be going on at four different sites throughout Ocean County and four sites in Monmouth County. “I certainly hope not, but I think the number will slightly increase because of the economy,” said Kathy Jaworksi, coordinator for the county Human Services Advisory Council. “We are mandated to do this survey once ever two years, but we do it annually so we can keep track of the actual number.”
The four sites where homeless are going to register in Ocean County are: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 100 Grant Ave. in Seaside Heights, 10 a.m until 3 p.m.; Ocean County Hunger Relief, 917 Route 166, Toms River, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.; Macedonia Baptist Church, 143 John Street in Lakewood, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and St. Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach in Long Beach Island, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The two sites in Monmouth County will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Atonement Lutheran Church, 308 First Ave. in Asbury Park and New Beginnings Agape Christian Center, 133 Throckmorton St. in Freehold.
Anyone without a permanent residence or who is at risk of being homeless is encouraged to participate in Project Homeless Connect, according to Monmouth County officials. Those who participate will be asked to fill out a survey form and be provided food, clothing and various services, including free health screenings and employment services.
“This is a unified effort to reach people without permanent shelter,” said Charles Brown III, director of the county’s Department of Human Services. “While county staff gathers information at the Asbury and Freehold locations, other workers will be collecting information about people housed at emergency and transitional housing agencies and coordinating efforts with municipal representatives to locate unsheltered individuals.” APP