This week in Jersey City we continue to prove our commitment to what I learned in the Marine Corps- "Leave No One Behind". This idea has been at the core of our efforts, and I believe that this week's stories exemplify our dedication to providing opportunities for all of our residents to succeed.
Ending Veteran Homelessness
This past Saturday, we cut the ribbon on an apartment building for homeless or disabled veterans which will include on-site social services and counseling provided by the United Way of Hudson County. Through a $1.9 million dollar grant from the Jersey City Affordable Housing Trust Fund and the generosity of the Hudson County Building Trades, this building will serve local veterans in need. Since our administration took office, 34 units of veteran or veteran priority units have been built or planned in Jersey City.
It is the unfortunate reality that cities across the nation continue to struggle with the issue of veteran homelessness. I am proud that Jersey City is on the forefront of solving this issue through the creation of supportive housing and through partnerships with organizations who share our goal of ending veteran homelessness. As a Marine Corps veteran, I truly believe that providing housing and services to our veterans is the least that we as a city can do to thank these brave men and women for their dedication to our country.
Recruiting JCPD Officers
On Wednesday, we welcomed more than 800 men and women to our free test-prep class for Jersey City residents hoping to become police officers. In an effort to continue to grow our police force, we have expanded this test-prep initiative in the hopes of making it easier and less cost-prohibitive for interested residents to take the first step towards becoming a Jersey City police officer.
Building a police force that truly reflects the community it serves has been a priority of our administration. Since 2013, we have hired over 200 officers, and almost 70% have been minorities. We have shown a commitment to growing our police force in smart and equitable ways, and providing this test-prep class to our residents is further proof of these efforts.