$2.5M

November 17, 2020 | Number of The Day
Funding for NJ counties to help protect homeless during Code Blue weather

When temperatures drop below freezing in New Jersey and conditions pose a threat to those who are homeless, state law mandates that local authorities must make shelters or warming centers available. Under state law, county governing bodies are required to declare a Code Blue 24 to 48 hours before weather temperatures are predicted to reach 32 degrees or lower or wind chill temperatures will be zero degrees or less for two hours or more. Counties must also alert municipalities with a documented homeless population of at least 10, social services agencies and nonprofit organizations of the Code Blue going into effect.

On Monday, state Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson announced $2.5 million in DHS funding to help counties protect homeless individuals during Code Blue times when temperatures are freezing, and weather can be dangerous.