MILLVILLE, NEW JERSEY (August 8, 2017) – Always looking for innovative ways to keep Cumberland County’s 540 miles of roadways litter-free, the Cumberland County Improvement Authority (CCIA) recently initiated the Clean Streets Program. The program is administered through the CCIA’s Clean Communities teaming volunteers with CCIA staff to remove litter from the roadways throughout Cumberland County.
Clean Streets is a spin-off to the Cumberland County Housing First Program, funded through the NJ Department of Community Affairs (NJDCA). With Gateway Community Action Partnership (GCAP) as the lead agency, area partners have taken this step to provide assistance for the county’s chronically homeless population.
Participants are selected through a referral process and approved by GCAP/NJDCA. They then meet with the service team consisting of a housing engagement office, community mentor, peer support, social work case manager, health care case manager, certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor or nurse.
CCIA board member Albert Kelly contacted Cumberland County Clean Communities Coordinator Anthony Riviera regarding the Housing First Program. “Everyone needs a purpose, a reason to get up each day,” commented Kelly. “CCIA’s resources and experience fit the bill.” Working with the partners, the Clean Streets Program was not far behind.
“Litter is a constant challenge for our county and we quickly move on any chance we have to check it,” said Riviera. “NJ Clean Communities provides funding for such opportunities as this collaboration. The expertise of those involved assures us the volunteers would be a great compliment to our clean communities staff. It’s a win-win all the way around.”
As part of the Clean Streets program, volunteers receive Walmart gift cards each week they participate. Work schedules are arranged to accommodate the LAX transit schedules, a free service provided by Cumberland County. The CCIA provides the necessary gear to outfit the volunteers. Mandatory safety equipment and training is also provided.
The first two volunteers from the Bridgeton area to enter into the CCIA’s Clean Streets Program were introduced to the CCIA Clean Communities staff mid-July. Prior to the program, both men have been individually dedicated to help keep the Downtown Bridgeton appearance attractive and litter free. Byron Calakos, CCIA Clean Communities staff and crew leader, commented, “I travel the roads of Cumberland County every day and see what litter does to detract from where we live, work, raise our families. These volunteers bring a strong sense of pride and responsibility to the job. I’m happy to have them as part of our CCIA team.”
The Clean Streets crew has cleaned more than 40 miles in Bridgeton, Fairfield, Millville, Vineland, Deerfield, Maurice River Township and Commercial Township since it started three weeks ago. As a result of these efforts, 6,380 pounds of litter have been removed from the roadways. CCIA plans to continue with this very successful program and assisting GCAP and the Housing First Program. For more information on the Clean
Streets Program, contact Mr. Riviera at 856-825-3700 x2010.
In addition to its environmental related initiatives, the CCIA is responsible for the development, financing and project management of projects and programs most vital to sustaining the economic and environmental future of the County and the state of New Jersey. The CCIA works in tandem with the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders to foster greater economic growth, business development and quality of life for all Cumberland County residents.