Christina M. Topolosky, Assistant Director
Phone: 908-527-4839 or 908-527-4861

The mission of the Union County Department of Human Services is to coordinate and deliver quality, cost-effective programs and services that recognize and respond to quality-of-life needs of Union County’s elderly, poor, underemployed and youth populations. The Division of Planning’s responsibility is to facilitate provision of a wide variety of countywide social and supportive service programs, including but not limited to, those homeless assistance services made available by local provider agencies.

The Continuum of Care/Homeless (CoC/H) unit provides information and referral on safety-net services to promote self-sufficiency. Services are contracted with community and faith-based agencies specializing in homeless services (including homeless prevention). Staff support for the Comprehensive Emergency Assistance Systems and Continuum of Care (CEAS/CoC) Committee is also provided. To join CEAS/CoC Committee and/or be added to the distribution list: please check out the Agency Contact & Voting Representative Information Form.

The CEAS/CoC Committee usually meets the 2nd Thursday of every month (unless otherwise indicated*), starting in January. Please note that CEAS/CoC does not meet during the months of July and August. The 2016 meeting schedule is as follows:

January 129:30 a.m.Gateway Family YMCA
135 Madison Ave, Elizabeth
March 99:30 a.m.Family Promise
402 Union Ave., Elizabeth
May 119:30 a.m.Plainfield Area YMCA
518 Watchung Ave., Plainfield
June 89:30 a.m.Salvation Army
1005 East Jersey St., Elizabeth
September 229:30 a.m.Ruth Fellowship Ministries
733 S 2nd St., Plainfield
October 129:30 a.m.Community Access Unlimited
80 W. Grand Street, Elizabeth
November 99:30 a.m.To be determined.

Note that location/time is subject to change. If you have any questions, please contact the CEAS/CoC Committee support staff at (908) 527-4861.

Proposed Agenda for the next CEAS/CoC meeting: Agenda Thursday October 12 2017

Collaborative Application for the FY2017 SuperNOFA CoC Program Competition

2017 Point‐In‐Time Count of the Homeless
Conducted on January 24, 2017.

For more information about homeless and homeless prevention service providers, please check out the Union County Homeless Services Resource Directory and Quick Reference Sheet.

The Union County 24-Hour Homeless Hotline is: (908) 756-6061

For information about Foreclosure Assistance, please check out the Foreclosure Resources, provided by the Union County Foreclosure Task Force.

For information about the Code Blue Homeless Emergency Shelter Initiative, please check out the Code Blue website.

Additional Resources:

Staff Contacts for the CoC/H Unit:

  • 908-527-4861 (Homeless & Homeless Prevention Information/Referral)
  • 908-527-4841 (Homeless & Homeless Prevention Information/Referral)
  • 908-527-4837 (Continuum of Care & Information/Referral)
  • 908-527-4311 (Continuum of Care & Information/Referral)