Specifically, the Working Group will consider implementation of the proposals put forth by the Interagency Council, including Housing First policies, Rapid Re-Housing, and improved coordination among state agencies and social service providers that deliver key services to homeless individuals and families and those at risk of homelessness.
“Reducing homelessness continues to be a critical priority for my administration, and I want to personally thank the Interagency Council for undertaking a very challenging mission that has provided me with important, thought-provoking recommendations. We recognize that homelessness has many causes and the solutions to this issue must be comprehensive. I am confident that the Working Group I am creating today will play an integral role in moving state government forward in a more coordinated and strategic manner as we work with our partners to combat homelessness.”
Said Governor Christie.
The Working Group will be convened by the Governor’s Office and be comprised of senior leadership from the Departments of:
The Interagency Council recognized the importance of the Federal Plan and further recommends that the State of New Jersey adopt evidence-based practices to address homelessness that focus on moving individuals and families to housing as quickly as possible and providing the supports to keep them stably housed. Specifically, the practices include the following:
Housing First policies to meet the needs of the chronically homeless
Rapid Rehousing for homeless families and short term homeless populations
Prevention services to keep individuals and families from becoming homeless
Click here to read the Final Report of the NJ Interagency Council Report on Homelessness.