Housing Advocates Applaud Gov. Murphy, Legislature, for Strengthening Code Blue


Today, Gov. Phil Murphy signed two bills that create a statewide standard for Code Blue alerts and will provide more comprehensive services to individuals and families in need of shelter during the coldest days of the year.

Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (the Network) President and CEO Staci Berger issued the following statement on the bill’s passage:

“Thanks to the tireless advocacy of Network members and partners, New Jersey counties are now required to issue Code Blue alerts at 32 degrees (S3422) and the state's Health Commissioner must now establish guidelines for health care and social services offered to at-risk individuals at emergency warming centers during a Code Blue alert (S3511).

“Our communities are stronger when we make sure everyone is safe. Thank you to Gov. Murphy and to Sen. Thomas Kean, Jr., Sen. Robert Singer, Sen. Vin Gopal, Sen. Declan O’Scanlon, Asw. Joann Downey, Asm. Eric Houghtaling, Asm. Raj Mukherji, and Asw. Valerie Vainieri Huttle for working to make sure no one is left out in the cold.”

About the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ
The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey is the statewide association of more than 250 community development corporations, individuals and other organizations that support the creation of affordable homes, economic opportunities, and strong communities. For more information on the Network, visit www.hcdnnj.org.

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