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  On the coldest nights last winter, Toms River’s homeless could repair to a warming center — a makeshift shelter that rotated between two churches in town. Unless it was a Saturday or Sunday, when the church space already was booked. Then they were out of luck. That was a wrinkle in the successful debut […]

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JERSEY SHORE – Members of a non-profit group Haven/Beat the Streets are hoping to see a permanent facility built within Ocean County that could aid the homeless. That’s the group’s long-range plan. In the short term, there’s a fundraiser this weekend for the area’s homeless population. Haven/Beat the Streets is a non-profit organization whose primary […]

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Bill Southrey, president of Haven/Beat the Streets, says his organization has gotten many calls from people seeking shelter. Southrey, who has helped the homeless for nearly four decades, uses his resources to coordinate shelters in Atlantic and Ocean counties. “We’ll refer them to the shelters and the Rescue Mission, but if people need help, we’ll […]

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Jerry Carino, @njhoopshaven Published 11:01 a.m. ET Jan. 5, 2018 TOMS RIVER – James Havens lives in a tent in the woods. The 39-year-old has been homeless for years. On Thursday, as the snow fell and the temperature plummeted to arctic levels, he did something rare. He headed for a shelter. Taking advantage of the […]

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This family exhausted their Social services benefits as she explained and had no chance of saving the home without stable income. Cory lost his job which he was trying to cover his home it just didn’t happen. Jonniana, 4, and her sister Gabriana, 1, sit with there mother. The Swain family lost their housing rental […]

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A report of an unstable building made Atlantic City’s tent city short-lived. City officials responded Thursday morning to a vacant lot on Connecticut Avenue in the Inlet section owned by Haven/Beat the Street Inc., then asked the organization to take down tents that had been set up to house homeless residents because of a unsafe […]

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Toms River hoarding story ends in success, sadness Jerry Carino , @njhoopshaven Published 7:00 a.m. ET May 24, 2017 | Updated 4:03 a.m. ET May 25, 2017 Amazing Toms River hoarding clean-up Amazing Toms River hoarding clean-up Led by a local nonprofit, volunteers did a remarkable job cleaning up the condemned home of longtime Toms […]

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If you’re stranded in the rain, snow and winds – or the power drops out at your house – or you just don’t want to be by yourself when the weather’s raging – you’ve got a landing spot in the center of Toms River. First Assembly of God Church on Bay Avenue in Toms River. […]

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Toms River officials declared Larry Hecker’s home unsuitable for habitation. The 76-year-old is homeless while a group of goodwill ambassadors try to help. Jerry Carino Larry Hecker’s home, career and health went to shambles. People of good will are trying to pick up the pieces. Buy Photo Longtime Toms River resident Larry Hecker at his […]

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 Max Malick’s earnest effort to support his three kids shines a light on multiple hot-button issues in the Garden State. Buy Photo Max Malick of Barnegat is struggling to support his three children and find housing despite the fact that he works full time earning $11 an hour. Malik with his children, Keyera, 12, Devon, […]

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