ELIZABETH, NJ - Residents in need of emergency shelter and other services can utilize Union County's new 24-Hour Homeless Emergency Response Hotline number at 908-249-4815. The new Hotline number took effect as of Tuesday, August 7. It is staffed and operated by Gateway Family YMCA as a program of the Union County Department of Human Services.

The Hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist Union County individuals and families.

The Hotline enables persons in need of assistance to connect with Gateway personnel, who may refer them to shelter on an emergency basis, or refer them to services that help prevent at-risk households from becoming homeless.

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The Union County Department of Human Services partners with community based social services agencies to connect residents with services, resources and assistance needed for health, well-being and economic opportunity. Persons who are homeless -- or at risk of being homeless -- can call the 24-Hour Homeless Emergency Response Hotline at 908-249-4815.

For additional resources, visit the Continuum of Care/Homeless Unit of the Union County Department of Human Services online at ucnj.org/departments/human-services, or call 908-527-4861 or 908-527-4874.