Ka’s story is just one excellent example of how supportive housing stopped the cycle of prison, mental illness and homelessness for one individual. And in making the case for supportive housing’s cost effectiveness,
“For example, the editorial “Rx: A home” (July 11, 2012) states that a yearlong stay at one of the state’s four psychiatric hospitals costs approximately $300,000, contrasted with the annual cost for supportive housing, which is approximately $37,000 per person.”
But all of the progress that New Jersey had made in ending homelessness through supportive housing and all of the lives changed are in jeopardy because of the pending sequestration. The possibility has been delayed until March 1, 2013 but sequester would still bring with it a 5.2% cut for all federal housing and many social services programs.
“Action must be taken now to ensure that sequestration does not go through. Sequestration was never meant to be implemented; rather, it is a measure designed to encourage compromise on budgetary matters. As a society, we must not allow the most vulnerable among us to pay the price for failure among our leaders in Washington, D.C., to compromise.”
And according the to the estimates by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), that Monarch Housing has previously reported on, New Jersey stands to lose significant funding for the CDBG, Homeless Assistance, HOME and other programs.
“The well-being of thousands of vulnerable New Jersey residents is on the line. It is crucial that members of Congress address how they’ll solve the impending funding crisis under sequestration. Partisan answers will not work. Bipartisanship will be needed at this critical time. Members of Congress must assure voters that they’ll work across the aisle to find a balanced solution that protects programs such as the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, the Section 8 housing voucher program and other programs that fund supportive housing.”