ELIZABETH, NJ - It’ll be the Clash of the Basketball Ball Titans, Thursday, February 6, when two top-ranked Union County high school powerhouses face each other for a good cause at the annual 26th Annual Hoops to End Homelessness Charity Basketball Game.

The event, a fundraiser for the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, pits Elizabeth High School junior and varsity teams against Roselle Catholic players. Games begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Dunn Sports Center on Pearl Street in Elizabeth.

The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless was established 38 years ago to serve the needs of the homeless and the near homeless, and it is a problem that continues to escalate. Since its establishment, the Coalition has prevented homelessness for more than 15,000 households and found emergency shelter for more than 10,000 families. In 2019 alone, the ECHH helped more than 1,000 families throughout Union County to find affordable housing.

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“Hoops to End Homelessness is a light-hearted way to bring the community together to face a serious problem that affects all of us, homelessness,” said Linda Flores-Tober, ECHH’s executive director. “Hoops calls attention to the needs of some of our most vulnerable neighbors who can be found in every community regardless of how affluent a town may be.  We are enormously grateful to our sponsors including CMC Food, Liberty Payroll, ACVenviro and Phillips 66,” said Flores-Tober. “Without their generous support, we would not be able raise these much-needed funds.”

Hoops to End Homelessness benefits the Elizabeth Coalition’s programs, in particular, its Operation Warm Heart Program, which is a winter shelter program for the chronically homeless. The non-profit also operates Homeless Prevention and Emergency shelter, Hospitality Houses that have housed more than 150 working families, ESL and Community Education classes, and Bernice’s Place, an after-school and summer program for homeless and near-homeless children, the only one of its kind in the state.

As part of this fundraiser, the Coalition is collecting warm clothing items such as gloves, mittens, hats, socks, and scarves. Every student who donates an item will receive free admission. Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are priced at $10 for adults and $5 for youths ($3 if bought in advance or with valid student ID) and may be purchased online at theelizabethcoalition.eventbrite.com, or at the door the day of the fundraiser. For more information or to buy tickets, contact the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, 118 Division St, Elizabeth, NJ 07201;
908-355-2060, ext. 202.

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