New Initiative Helps Fight Homelessness in Newark

By Elizabeth Scalzo


Today’s update will focus on an initiative in Newark to help the homeless get off the streets during the winter months.

Many of the homeless in the Newark area use Newark Penn Station as a place for shelter during the winter months, but there is a new plan to help the 1,800+ homeless people in the city, according to

Shipping containers are being converted into a new type of homeless shelter. These containers will not only include a safe and warm place to sleep, but bathrooms with showers, transportation to the site and help for mental health and substance abuse, continued.

The site is slated to open in early February. 

COVID-19 Numbers

As of this morning, there are 5,999 new COVID-19 cases in NJ and 540 of those are in Bergen County.

The following are the latest COVID-19 cases for yesterday and today. 

Sun. 1/17/2021Sat. 1/16/2021
New Jersey622,000616,000
Bergen County60,22459,684

*Numbers according to Google Statistics.

Stay tuned for more daily new updates tomorrow at 10 a.m.

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Shipping containers are being transformed into shelter. Art by Elizabeth Scalzo.