Christie expanding rental voucher program for the homeless

Gov. Christie is expanding the rental voucher program for New Jersey's homeless.

Gov. Christie is expanding the rental voucher program for New Jersey's homeless. (3/30/16)

TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie says his administration will issue 500 rental assistance vouchers as part of a program to help New Jersey's homeless population.

Christie said in a statement on Wednesday the vouchers would be available to the chronically homeless as well as some families who use public assistance.

Christie says the expansion shows the state is doing new things to address chronic homelessness.

State data show New Jersey had about 10,200 homeless people in 2015, compared with nearly 11,800 in 2014.

The program allocates 400 vouchers for the chronically homeless and 100 for homeless veterans.

The state Department of Community Affairs estimates the program will cost $5.4 million, with $250,000 under a block grant.

The program also sets income limits of 30 percent of median income in an area.

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