This study is from the National Alliance to End Homelessness. This is just one of thousands of examples of how communities are able to end homelessness. We can and will achieve the same results in NJ.
Westchester County, New York Reduces Homelessness
The Alliance has released a new installment in its Community Snapshot series highlighting communities making progress in ending homelessness: Westchester County, NY. Family homelessness decreased 57 percentâ€”from 690 families in 2002 to 297 families in 2006 in Westchester County. Westchester County Department of Social Services made four key strategy changes in their successful effort to drastically reduce family homelessness:
increased prevention through local TANF offices to help at-risk families explore alternatives to shelter;
two income support initiatives, including one that increased a familyâ€™s welfare benefit to help them pay for housing;
Housing First services that helped families find affordable housing, negotiate with landlords, and provided home based case management; and
consolidated and enhanced service provision at the front end of the countyâ€™s shelter system to provide properly targeted services.