Camden County nonprofit receives grant to help the homeless population

Antionette Lee
January 03, 2019 - 9:04 pm
 A Camden County nonprofit gets a $530,000 federal grant to help reduce homelessness in the area.

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CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A Camden County nonprofit gets a $530,000 federal grant to help reduce homelessness in the area.  

Barbara Wanzer, director of the Camden County Council on Economic Opportunity, Inc., says homelessness doesn't have a season, but this grant will help to save many families and individuals from the cold this winter.

That includes "people who may be in a shelter, or been homeless for the last three months and/or if they're in the process of losing their homes," she said.  

Wanzer says financial strains can be crippling for people who already have a low income.  

"There are families who might have experienced sickness and couldn't go to work or families who might have lost some hours at work, so that means they may have a loss of income," she explained. 

So their program helps to provide permanent housing for some. For others who are on the border of facing eviction, it will provide financial assistance and the guidance they need to prevent them from losing their homes. 

"We try to prevent anyone from becoming homeless. We talk to landlords on their behalf," she added.