Bergen County Is First U.S. Community To End Chronic Homelessness

March 28, 2017
By Daniel Hubbuard
Bergen County has been certified as the first community in the United States to end long-term chronic homelessness.
 
County and federal officials made the announcement Tuesday afternoon at the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center.
 
Officials launched a collaborative effort to address and solve the problem of chronic homelessness in 2007. Qualifying individuals were placed in housing and at-risk individuals were offered permanent housing options.
 
The county participated in the Built for Zero initiative by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Officials created the $11 million Housing, Health and Human Service Center in 2009 to ensure at-risk individuals continual access to a place to stay and assistance with their healthcare needs and help getting permanent housing.