OCEANPORT: A day center for homeless families will be built at Fort Monmouth in the coming months
Building 501, which was previously the home of an Army substance abuse program, will be used by Family Promise. Family Promise helps homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence. It is not a residential facility, but rather a day center for homeless families to get counseling, do their laundry, look for jobs and at night they get transported to a local church.
The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) entered into a purchase and sale agreement with Family Promise at its Sept. 20 meeting for $1.
The 2,800-square-foot building, which is located just off Route 537 which runs through the fort's main post, will serve as their new day center and will cost much less to maintain than its current Aberdeen location, according to a building campaign by Family Promise
FMERA Executive Director Bruce Steadman explained that the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC) requires each community to prepare a homeless assistance plan and that Building 501 was included in Oceanport's homeless housing obligations.
Oceanport Mayor Jay Coffey said the facility should not be confused with the county homeless shelter which was approved a few years ago.
"There's going to be three homeless sites within Oceanport, when everything is said and done," Coffey said. "You're going to have the county homeless facility which is going to be across from our municipal complex, Family Promise which is next door to the church and chapel...and then there's a third one called HABcore
HABcore, based out of Red Bank, provides permanent and supportive housing for homeless veterans, families, and individuals with special needs.
Coffey said he does not yet know where the HABcore building will be located, but that it was originally slated to be next to the Fitness Center which is located on County Road 537. Coffey said he is trying to see if it can be moved.