How Can NJ Use Opportunity to Re-Frame Approach to Homelessness
Community Solutions, an organization that works nationally to strengthen communities to end homelessness by building partnerships, sharing innovations, and connecting vulnerable people to homes and support, has been working since before Katrina to help New Orleans house its 6,000 homeless residents.
On the ground, it partners with UNITY, an organization that coordinates dozens of local agencies on issues relating to housing and homelessness, to develop long term solutions to homelessness.
In the post-Katrina recovery,
“Through the use of the Vulnerability Index and other tools pioneered by the Community Solutions team, UNITY has rapidly re-housed over 1,000 residents, most of them with disabilities, who previously occupied squatter camps and abandoned buildings. We (Community Solutions) also engaged New Orleans’ leading developers to participate in creating supportive housing.”
With the help of Community Solutions, New Orleans has changed its approach to ending homelessness. How can New Jersey use the post-Sandy recovery as an opportunity to do the same? What lessons can be learned from the Community Solutions and UNITY partnership and its outcomes?