VIDEO : Cumberland County Gets Approval on Housing Initiative

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY - In an effort to end homelessness by 2020, Officials in Cumberland County are excited about the approval of their housing collaborative.
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs has approved the Cumberland County Housing's First collaborative application along with 12 other non-profits.
"M25's Housing First program" will serve 42 chronically homeless households who are frequent users of public systems.
After noticing its success rate in Camden, the "Housing First" program has now expanded to 13 other counties including Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem.
The nonprofits will distribute 500 "tenant - based" rental vouchers, and will offer counseling, job development, and other services.
The nonprofits are also experienced in finding homes and providing supportive ongoing care such as mental health services and substance abuse treatment.
The initiative provides $5.4 million dollars in annualized funding for rental assistance and $250 thousand dollars in additional funding for coordinated services.