January 22, 2019

Mayor Baraka's Statement on Sheltering Homeless

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“This weekend Newark was hit by life-threatening extreme cold weather that left homeless individuals and families at great risk. I want to thank the many caring people and groups that worked together in the freezing cold to save lives. Among them are the Newark Department of Public Safety, our Department of Health and Community Wellness, clergy, the Newark Homeless Coalition with the extraordinary Kim Gilchrist and numerous community volunteers. They were joined by city taxi drivers to transport 72 homeless people from Penn Station and across the city to the safety of Newark shelters.

“Family Auto cab provided two cabs and two drivers. Four police cars were deployed on the mission. Homeless individuals were transported to shelters including Goodwill Industries Mission, Fairmount Health Emergency Services, United Community Corporation and 224 Help Center. Pam and Gerald McElven, two residents and members of the Palm Street Block Association helped to transport homeless people and coordinate the pickup of blankets and winter clothing for them.

“The teams were also able to pick up a homeless woman who suffers from diabetes and had been living on our streets for more than a month, and are now working to get her reunited with her family and the health care she needs.

“The intense cold this weekend was overcome by the warmth of the love, unity, and care Newarkers showed for those in need.”