ELIZABETH, NJ - Assemblywoman Annette Quijano and Senator Joe Cryan (D-Union) have committed to raising $20,000 for the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless to benefit local families.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Elizabeth Coalition was unable to host its annual fundraiser. At the same time, applications for assistance to the Elizabeth Coalition have nearly doubled since last year as unemployment in New Jersey has spiked from 3.7% in March to 15.2% in May, according to the most recent available data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Readers can donate to the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless online at  https://bit.ly/2YTYJ1N or on Facebook at https://bit.ly/38tE9di

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“The public health crisis of coronavirus resulted in a deep and painful economic crisis as businesses were forced to close, people lost jobs, and consumers remain hesitant to spend,” said Assemblywoman Quijano. “Families who never expected to apply for assistance are relying on the Elizabeth Coalition to help meet their most basic needs, like food and shelter. Please help the Elizabeth Coalition by helping us reach our goal of $20,000 because you never know when you could be the one who needs assistance.”

Senator Cryan said, “I’ve never seen a crisis like this, with so many people sick and out of work. There isn’t anyone who hasn’t been affected. We need to wear masks, keep six feet away, and help support our neighbors. Donating to the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless is something you can do right now to make an impact and help our communities get through this tough time.”

Linda Flores-Tober, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, said, “The Elizabeth Coalition strives to meet the needs of every applicant, but this challenge is unlike any we’ve faced before. With our annual fundraiser cancelled due to the coronavirus, I’m thankful for the support of Assemblywoman Quijano, Senator Cryan, and a community that cares about its most vulnerable. Every dollar goes towards helping a person in need.”