Clients from the Jersey City Employment and Training Program and New Jersey Reentry Corporation share their experiences working as apprentices for Laborers Local 3. Working with Project Impact and the Hudson Building Trades, the N.J. Laborers also train formerly incarcerated persons to become apprentices and place them in exciting work opportunities. We thank those who train our clients and offer them the dignity of work.
On Wednesday morning, June 8, the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (HCDNNJ) hosted “Spotlight on Homelessness Prevention, Hudson County” at the Mary Bethune Center of Jersey City. The event highlighted important issues affecting homelessness, such as the high cost of rent in comparison to average income, ensuring longtime residents continue being able to afford their current housing, tax incentive policies for affordable housing, and helping individuals in reentry acquire housing upon leaving jail or prison.
Among the guest speakers were Vincent Prieto, Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly; Staci Berger, President and CEO, HCDNNJ; Maisha Perez, former resident of the York Street Project; Honorable Sandra Cunningham, State Senator, 31st Legislative District; Bill O’Dea, Freeholder, Hudson County, and many more.
Senator Cunningham discussed the importance of helping New Jersey residents in reentry to find affordable housing. It is especially difficult for some of these individuals to get accepted into a residential drug treatment program because there is a long wait. Watch this video to hear her proposed solution.