Newark to Continue Using Hotel to House Homeless Population During Pandemic

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Holiday Inn Newark Airport Hotel
The Newark Municipal Council authorized the city to lease 325 single occupancy rooms and a few other areas at the Holiday Inn Newark International Airport North on Frontage Road. Image courtesy of IHG.

The City of Newark will continue to lease hundreds of rooms in a local hotel in order to provide housing for people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The municipal government of New Jersey’s largest city was authorized by the Newark Municipal Council to lease 325 single occupancy rooms and a few other areas at the Holiday Inn Newark International Airport North on Frontage Road. A new ordinance states that the rooms are being leased “in order to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the homeless, senior population and any other vulnerable population.”

The ordinance, which was adopted on July 8 and certified on July 17, states that Newark’s purchasing agent and the company that owns the hotel previously entered into two lease agreements covering from April 6 through June 24. This ordinance will cover the lease from June 25 to September 1, allowing for up to $1,616,325 in rent payments.

A copy of the latest lease agreement that was posted by the municipal government states that this rapid rental housing service will be for “non-COVID-19 positive patients only” who need to shelter in place. It adds that three additional rooms are being provided at no cost for police officers from the Newark Department of Public Safety “for the purpose of providing them with a place to rest” and that the hotel owner will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day for up to 325 people.

The hotel is situated next to Northern State Prison across Interstate 78 and Routes 1 and 9 from Newark Liberty International Airport. It was previously known as the Ramada Plaza Newark Airport before undergoing a rebranding at the end of 2019.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. I was at bridges back in may until June 12 for everyday until they closed telling me that there was no more room’s I have a heart disease and homeless I’m 58 I have no where to go I need help I left my name and phone number no one called me

  2. FOR REAL!!! NEWARK’S BROKE AS IT IS, STILL OWE FOR THE WATER PROBLEM OF LAST YEAR!! WHERE IS THE MONEY COMING FROM?? OH!! WAIT THE MAYOR IS PAYING!!! Pssss😎🇺🇸

  3. I am a mother with 3 CHILDREN. Me and my kids sleep in the because i keep asking for my housing back in newark nj its sad i call 50 south clinton street for assistance and she told me they can not help me and my 3 children as of now we are still sleeping in our car

  4. We are still sleeping in the car any store i can fine i wash up me and my children life is to short but god got it .i been to city hall multiple times letting the mayor staff know i need help with a place to stay still no answers i will continue to pray for the Mayor

  5. Renee did u go to social services?? You need to get yourself on news channels it’s the only way for people to know about your situation and make posts everyday on social media

  6. Homeless services are federally funded. Find Newark in this list of agencies. In right column click on the link for the website. Contact POC for assistance. Depending on what’s available, you might get housing right away because the Federal Emergency Solutions Grant covers Free Housing the homeless.

    https://www.hudexchange.info/grantees/nj-504/

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