NJ One Step Closer to Removing Major Barrier for Homeless
State legislature sends governor homeless fee exemption bills


Two bills that would exempt homeless individuals from paying fees on non-driver identification cards and birth certificates were sent to Governor Chris Christie on Monday to be signed into law. The bills passed both the Assembly and the Senate unanimously. On the bills, Network President and Chief Executive Officer Staci Berger issued the following statement:

“Thanksgiving is when we -- give thanks and also remember those less fortunate. The food drives and other types of donations are wonderful and necessary gestures. The bills the legislature sent to the governor are important steps that our state can do for our homeless neighbors. Without identification, people cannot access the benefits they desperately need; charging homeless people fees seems counter-intuitive to getting them safe, affordable homes.

“These are sensible solutions that remove obstacles for individuals who need the most help. We hope the governor signs these bills without delay, so that more people can truly be home for the holidays this year.”

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