Statewide Code Blue Standards Signed Into Law
Bill shelters homeless individuals during severe weather


Governor Chris Christie has signed into law a bill that requires county emergency management coordinators to establish a Code Blue Program to shelter the homeless during severe weather events. On the new law, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey Staci Berger issued the following statement:

“We are happy the governor has signed this bill that provides individuals out on the street with a warm place to rest during severe weather events. Homelessness is an emergency every day but when temperatures drop below freezing, it’s life or death.

“The level of services available throughout the state has varied widely, which is dangerous and unacceptable. Statewide standards have been desperately needed to ensure the safety and well-being of our neighbors who need shelter, especially in extreme weather. We thank the co-sponsors, Assemblymen Land and Andrzejczak and Senator Van Drew, of this bill and the homelessness prevention advocates who fought to prevent anyone from being left out in the cold.”

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