Freeholder Deputy Director Ronald G. Rios
Chair, Administration Committee

Freeholder Unveils Comprehensive Initiative
to Assist Military Veterans in Middlesex County


MAY 18, 2012 – Middlesex County Freeholder Deputy Director Ronald G. Rios unveiled the Veterans Outreach Program, the goal of which is to connect veterans with needed services.

“Tonight I am very pleased to unveil an initiative that will give back to the men and women who have put themselves into harm’s way to protect our freedom,” Rios said at the Freeholders’ regular meeting tonight.

Rios said the program he is establishing will connect veterans to employment, training and education opportunities, transportation and housing. He said he has been working closely with and has the strong support of Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti, chairperson of the County’s Community Services Department.

As a first step, Community Services staff will set up information tables at Brunswick Square Mall in East Brunswick, Menlo Park Mall in Edison and Woodbridge Center Mall in Woodbridge. (See dates and times below.)

One other component of the endeavor is the Middlesex County Veterans Housing Assistance Program.

“This is a workable, sustainable plan that will prevent and end homelessness for our military veterans,” Rios said.

The County is setting aside funding to assist veterans by providing help in paying rental arrears, security deposits for apartments, temporary rental assistance and help in finding suitable housing, accessing other resources and conducting ongoing evaluations, he said.

The assistance will be based on the individual needs of the veteran and his or her family.

Currently, Federal rental assistance exists for veterans, but it does not cover security deposits or rental arrears. The assistance also does not cover complementary services, such as those being offered through the Middlesex County initiative.

“Our assistance will fill the unmet need,” Rios said.

Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano applauded the initiative: “On behalf of the rest of the Freeholder Board, I want to commend Deputy Director Rios and Freeholder Valenti for their dedication to the veterans of Middlesex County. By taking a holistic approach to meeting the needs of our veterans, we are more effectively serving them. And that is the mark of good government.”



Veterans Outreach Services

(Noon to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays)
May 18-19

Brunswick Square Mall

June 15-16

Woodbridge Center Mall

July 20-21

Menlo Park Mall

August 17-18

Brunswick Square Mall

September 14-15

Woodbridge Center Mall

October 19-20

Menlo Park Mall

November 2-3

Woodbridge Center Mall

November  16-17

Brunswick Square Mall