New 20-Room Emergency Shelter Proposed for Newark

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403 University Avenue Homeless Shelter Newark
Site of proposed homeless shelter: 403 University Avenue, Newark. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

Although homelessness impacts thousands of New Jerseyans throughout the year, the number of facilities offering emergency housing is actually relatively small, with only a handful of non-profit shelters operating in the state’s largest cities.

This issue has been particularly relevant in Newark, where there were concerns last year over funding for the Homeless Emergency Living Partnership (HELP) Center shelter on Sussex Avenue.


Even after New Jersey’s largest city announced the development of a commission tasked with ending local homelessness and a partnership with local non-profit organizations, 286 people experiencing homelessness were found to be unsheltered in Newark during the 2019 Point-in-Time Count.

Now, a new emergency shelter could be constructed in the city’s Central Ward. A new facility providing temporary housing is being proposed for 403 University Avenue and several adjacent properties just south of William Street.


A legal notice shows that the project by Newark-based Positive Health Care, Inc. would consist of a three-story building. Inside, there would be staff offices along with 20 bedrooms.

The properties in question are largely owned by 395-403 University Avenue, LLC and are situated next to The Leaguers. The Early Childhood Learning Institute previously occupied part of the site, while other portions of the premises remain undeveloped.

Positive Health Care, Inc. is seeking Preliminary and Final Site Plan approval for this project. The Newark Central Planning Board is scheduled to take up the matter during its meeting today, October 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Newark Central Planning Board and other commissions are subject to change.

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