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March 28, 2017: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

3-28-17
The attorney general threatened sanctuary cities on complying with immigration law. Today, some cities push back. How and why Tom MacArthur was the only New Jersey congressman to support the failed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Back in action after a year later. See which state agency finally holds a public meeting. We're now using our toes to count the latest credit downgrade for the Garden State. And, one New Jersey county recognized nationally for its work on a nagging issue.

Essex County Effort Brings Health, Wellness Services to Homeless

3-23-17
Project Homeless Connect Day in Essex County gives homeless and needy residents access to services like shelters and recovery centers, plus health screenings, haircuts, manicures, food and clothing.

March 23, 2017: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

3-23-17
Christie’s crowing about the best jobs report in years. But he demurs on a bill to make officials release their tax returns. A bill that would let police and firefighters manage their own pensions is put to a vote. A delay on the vote to repeal and replace Obamacare. Does the American Health Care Act have the votes to pass? There are plenty of essential services available to the homeless. And today in Essex County, easy access to food, housing and medical care. Allotting land for a new science and technology city. But is selling prime Hudson River real estate for $10 a good deal? And how about this for a good deal? We’re broadcasting tonight before a live audience at Camden’s Adventure Aquarium.

Feb. 27, 2017: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

2-27-17
Students struggling to afford the rising cost of college are skipping meals. What universities are doing to prevent hunger on campus. Ahead of the governor's budget address, the state pension dilemma. A former state treasurer predicts the feds will step in. Is that a good thing? The state of clean up for the state's Superfund sites. One congressman fears cuts to the EPA could create a quagmire here. And when is a hot dog not a hot dog? When it's wrapped in a bun and shot from a cannon across a middle school gym. This you've got to see.

Lawmakers Hear About Impact of Food Insecurity on College Campuses

2-27-17
A study by the College and University Food Bank Alliance found that 48 percent of college students reported experiencing food insecurity. Rutgers and Montclair State University each have food pantries available to help.

Without Temporary Rental Assistance, More in NJ Could Be Homeless

2-21-17
New Jersey's Temporary Rental Assistance program is ending. Advocates say that could cause more people to become homeless or leave the state.

Feb. 21, 2017: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

2-21-17
Restricted seating at Newark Penn Station. Who's being targeted? And is limiting access to a public place legal? Pulling stop-gap rental assistance for those chronically homeless or disabled. If the state can't help those chasing the dream, who can? Questionable grades and graduation rates in Englewood. Auditors have temporarily replaced district staff to sort it out. New guidelines on immigration enforcement. What do they mean for unauthorized immigrants here? And living history at a local country club. Built to provide a respite from racial discrimination. And what a respite!

Study: 37 Percent of NJ Households Can’t Afford Basic Needs

1-17-17
The latest ALICE study finds that 1.2 million or 37 percent of households in New Jersey can't afford basic needs. And the percentage is climbing, up 31 percent from just over 600,000 households in 2007 to more than 800,000 in 2014.

Jan. 17, 2017: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

1-17-17
Another candidate to replace Christie. His Republican lieutenant governor's loyalty to the boss could come at a cost. Christie skipped the announcement to spend the day boosting his drug addiction crisis agenda, likely the hallmark of his two terms in office. The Port Authority released big budget capital build-outs. Did a desperately needed new bus terminal make the cut? How to secure the state from terror attacks. Homeland Security says in this era of lone wolf terrorists, citizens are key. And there are families making enough to rise above the poverty line who still can't afford food and shelter. How does this happen?

Bill Would Create Tiny House Pilot Program for Homeless

1-6-17
A bill making its way through the state Senate would create three tiny house pilot programs in New Jersey to house the homeless as prices continue to keep housing unaffordable to so many.

Dec. 29, 2016: NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams

12-29-16
The poor can't be kept in jail for failing to make bail. Reformers applaud the changes. But some counties and companies claim it won't pay. Voice-activated technology linked to the cloud can control your internet of things. But can it also virtually spy on you? A former NFL player throws a Hail Mary pass to get the league's ban on medicinal marijuana lifted. Can pot treat pain as well as addictive opioids? Treating needy neighbors with food and shelter and resources can fuel the soul but break the bank. Who will suffer if the money runs out? And look who's bucking Congress' attempt to ban transmitting from the House chambers via social networks? A Jersey girl.

St. James Food Program Fights Off Financial Woes, Continues Providing Services

12-29-16
The agency runs on a tight $600,000 a year budget. There's not a lot of wiggle room when programs cost almost $25,000 a month to run. And since 2008, the number of clients at St. James Social Services has almost tripled.

Stories of Thanks From Those in Recovery

11-24-16
Eva's Village in Paterson helps clients beat back addictions and find jobs. On Thanksgiving, volunteers and legislators help serve hundreds of meals to those in need.

HUD Homeless Count Comes Up Short

11-18-16
Homelessness is down 12 percent over the last year in New Jersey, according to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report from the federal department of Housing and Urban Development.