Middlesex County shelters receive state grants for renovations

Two Middlesex County shelters under the auspices of the Diocese of Metuchen’s Catholic Charities will receive nearly $112,000 combined from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Shelter Support and Emergency Housing Grant program.

The program provides funds to renovate and improve existing homeless shelters for transitional housing and covers certain social services and operating expenses.

The Ozanam Family Shelter, located in Edison, will receive $73,260 for renovations. The Ozanam Inn Men’s Shelter, located in New Brunswick, will receive $38,700 to renovate its kitchen and paint the shelter’s interior.

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak and Assemblyman Sterley Stanley, who represent the 18th Legislative District, thanked Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs for their support of Middlesex County’s shelters.

“Shelter programs help alleviate homelessness through a myriad of essential support services,” Diegnan, Karabinchak and Stanley said in a joint statement. “They are invaluable in helping those in need transition their lives.”

The shelter in Edison provides temporary and emergency shelter for homeless families and single women. The shelter in New Brunswick provides the same for men.

Residents in both facilities receive meals, physical and mental health assessments, crisis counseling, and assistance with housing, employment, case management and referrals. Children’s educational placement is available at the Edison shelter.

Applicants for the shelters in Edison and New Brunswick must be homeless in Middlesex County, be willing to answer questions during a screening process, agree to refrain from use of alcohol and other drugs, be able to take care of themselves, be willing to abide by shelter rules and may not be a threat to themselves, staff or other residents.

With more than 20 programs available to provide short-term assistance that will lead to self-sufficiency and an improved quality of life, the Diocese of Metuchen’s Catholic Charities assists individuals and families who are hungry, need shelter, or lack the financial resources to meet their basic needs.

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