FREEHOLD, NJ — Monmouth County officials and volunteers will be in four municipalities on Wednesday, January 23 meeting with people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, and offering them food, clothing and various services.

Individuals without a permanent residence are encouraged to participate in Monmouth County’s 2019 NJ Counts — its annual count of the homeless, formally known as Project Homeless Connect — by visiting one of these locations:

-- Asbury Park: Jersey Shore Rescue Mission, 701 Memorial Drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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-- Freehold: New Beginnings Agape Christian Center, 133 Throckmorton Street, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

-- Keansburg: St. Mark’s Soup Kitchen, 247 Carr Avenue, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

-- Red Bank: Pilgrim Baptist Church, 172 Shrewsbury Avenue, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participants will be asked where they spent the night of January 22 and several other related questions to quantify the level of homelessness in the county and to help get people services that they need, according to organizers.

They also will be offered food, clothing and various services, including free health screenings and employment services, available through the Monmouth County Department of Human Services, Health Department and not-for-profit organizations. 

Additionally, there is mobile outreach for those who are unable to visit these locations.

This event coincides with the annual Point in Time Survey, a nationwide effort driven by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to get an accurate snapshot of the homeless in America.

Statewide, the event is being coordinated by Monarch Housing Associates, a Cranford-based nonprofit group whose goal is to expand the supply, accessibility and variety of affordable, permanent supportive housing through development, planning, advocacy and partnerships.

For more information about NJ Counts, contact the county Department of Human Services at 732-683-2102.

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