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Event connects Warren County's homeless with help they need

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:03:29 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 31 2013 05:38:56 AM CST

Officials in Warren Co., N.J. said they're still seeing high numbers locally of people who are homeless.

PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. -

Officials in Warren Co., N.J. said they're still seeing high numbers locally of people who are homeless. 

The community came together Wednesday to help those most in need at the annual 'Project Homeless Connect' event.

Homelessness is a hidden problem, organizers said. More than 200 adults and about 50 children turned to get help and information.

"We are trying to count those living in shelter, those not living in shelter, those living in places that are not meant to be lived in," explained Candy Brewster, with the Warren County Department of Human Services.

Dozens of volunteers and nearly 50 local agencies were on hand in Phillipsburg.  They just want to help.

"I'm homeless," shared Daniel Lawrence. "Honestly, I'm homeless and unemployed."

Lawrence, 25, said it's tough without a place to call home. He's been living with friends and family, but wants more.

"It's hard because I have a daughter who will be two in March, and I really just want to have a yard for her to run in and a job for me to supply everything she needs," said Lawrence.

Like many of the people who came out to the event, Lawrence can't find work.  He's glad someone told him to check it out, because he was able to get good information and possible help for his situation.

"I'm really working on it. I plan to be a very successful man one day," said Lawrence.  "So this is just a stepping stool basically."

The count is part of a nationwide effort Wednesday to give the federal government a better idea of the homeless population.  It's done once a year and directly effects how much aid the government gives to programs helping the homeless.