Supportive Housing Can End Homelessness

New York Magazine Features Supportive Housing in
Reporting on Impact of Sandy

The HegemanIn its November 22, 2012 issue, New York Magazine highlights the effectiveness of supportive housing.

The article, centered around the impact Superstorm Sandy has had on an already overloaded housing system, features Common Ground’s “The Hegeman” in Brooklyn.

It also cites NYU’s Furman Center study as evidence that “far from blighting a neighborhood, high-quality supportive housing can actually increase property values.”

The article states:

The idea that it might be possible to conquer homelessness is so foreign to the city’s bureaucratic apparatus that officials from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development wouldn’t hazard a guess as to the resources it would take. Common Ground offered some back-of-the-envelope calculations, though, and they’re hardly terrifying. Putting up 100 new Hegeman-quality buildings with units of varying capacities would cost roughly $100,000 per apartment in public funds, with the rest coming from private lenders. The city’s homeless problem, in other words, could be largely wiped out at a cost to taxpayers of roughly $1 billion—which also happens to have been the total bill for Barclays Center.

We can and must end homelessness in NJ!

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  1. I am chairman of the habitat for humanity board in Brisbane Queensland Australia.
    Always keen to learn what others are doing in providing housing for those less fortunate than ourselves.