When the NJ State Legislature adopted the County Homelessness Trust Fund Act, it enabled Somerset County to establish the Homelessness Trust Fund. The purpose of the act is to provide funding for activities directly related to housing individuals and families that are homeless and activities to prevent homelessness.
Specifically, funds can be used to provide rental assistance, supportive services, and to develop housing.
Funds for the program are generated through a $3 surcharge for each housing-related document that is recorded with the County Clerk’s Office.
As required by the act, the county has a homeless housing plan in place as well as an advisory committee that reviews applications, makes recommendations, and measures results to ensure success of the plan.