JERSEY CITY BRIEFS

Early holiday deadlines

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Jersey City man arrested for murder in June

Maurice Miles, 30, of Jersey City was arrested on Dec. 14 by detectives from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit for the murder of Davon Gordon, 25, of Bayonne, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

Gordon was shot to death on June 4 along with the wounding of another Jersey City man. Miles is the sixth individual charged in connection with the murder.

Miles was arrested on a warrant after a grand jury indicted him on December 6, 2016 on the

charges of Murder, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Certain Persons Not to Possess a Firearm .

The Prosecutor credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey

City Police Department for the arrest.

The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit continues to actively investigate this case with assistance from

the Jersey City Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hudson

County Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office website at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/ . All information will be kept confidential.

Holiday homeless help

Councilman Michael Yun, the Jersey City Peace Movement, Action 21, Building Blocks, St. Lucys shelter, and several private donors are teaming up to bring some warmth to the homeless and needy in Jersey City.

On Saturday, Dec. 24, at noon, the groups will be hosting a winter clothing and supplies giveaway in the plaza at Journal Square. Building off of a monthly event hosted by the Jersey City Peace Movement, they will be distributing coats, scarves, hats, gloves, socks, and other goods to help keep underserved communities warm through the winter. Councilman Michael Yun’s office is contributing over 300 new scarves, gloves, hats, and undergarments, and many others have donated in kind. These items will be distributed directly to individuals in need on Saturday.

“We’ve been doing this [giveaway] every last weekend of the month since 2004. It’s our way of calling for peace in the world, and of lending a helping hand to the people in our city who need it most,” says Erik-Anders Nilsson of the Jersey City Peace Movement. “We are very grateful for the generous contributions we’ve received this month. It’s so helpful.”

To lend a helping hand this holiday season, consider making a donation of warm clothes, blankets, and other supplies. Any items we are unable to distribute on Saturday will be distributed during the following month’s giveaway.

“It’s important to do an inventory of our own lives, and share the things we don’t need with our neighbors,” says Councilman Michael Yun. “My wife and I ask ourselves, is this thing–this extra coat or pair of boots–being used the way it should? If the answer is no, we give it away. I know it’s going to serve someone who needs it more. It feels good.”

To donate, contact the office of Councilman Michael Yun at (201) 222-3534, by emailing myun@jcnj.org, or by bringing your donations directly to the giveaway at Journal Square. Items brought directly should be new or thoroughly cleaned and ready to wear, and should be organized and separated by item type (organized items are easier to distribute. Please do not bring bags of unseparated items, as we will be unable to organize them during the giveaway.

Menendez, Booker announce $45.5M to combat NJ Homelessness

U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced that over $45.5 million in grants have been awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program to support hundreds of permanent and transitional housing programs for homeless individuals and families, and to support homelessness prevention programs in New Jersey.

“This critical federal funding will help thousands of homeless men, women, children, families and veterans across New Jersey access safe and reliable housing and obtain the services and stability they need to get back on their feet and improve their lives,” said Sen. Menendez, the ranking member on the Senate Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development.  “We must continue to honor our commitment to ending homelessness by supporting effective local programs and services.”

“This federal funding will provide much needed assistance to our most vulnerable populations by supporting the organizations on the front lines in the battle against homelessness in New Jersey,” said Sen. Booker.  “As a former mayor, I know how important increasing access to safe and reliable housing is to strengthening our communities.  We have a commitment to extending a hand to our brothers and sisters who need it most by helping ensure they have every opportunity to lift themselves up.”

With the goal of long-term stability, the CoC Program is designed to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and to provide the services needed to help such individuals move into transitional and permanent housing.

Grants in Jersey City were awarded  Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation the Jersey City Housing Authority, the Hudson County Division of Housing and Community Development, The House of Faith, the United Way of Hudson County, WomenRising, York Street Project. The West New York Housing Authority also received a grant as did the North Hudson Community Action Corporation in Union City.