As part of its “Stories of New Jersey” series, the Anti-Poverty Network (APN) of New Jersey has posted a new story from Susan Parker, a supportive housing tenant who previously experienced homelessness in the Mount Laurel area.
This story proves again that permanent, affordable and supportive housing transforms lives.
“Having struggled both with mental health and addiction challenges, she now works as a peer advocate with Catholic Charities helping others rebuild their lives. She also serves on the Board of APN and is a member of Garden State Leaders.”
Parker makes a compelling case for the difference supportive housing and the Housing First model can make.
“I was one of the lucky ones and I got housing. Without a home it’s hard to put everything behind you and keep it moving. You’re constantly worried about where you’re going to sleep, where you’re going to get a shower. You can’t concentrate on any other issue other than where you’re going to sleep. Once you have a place to call home you can concentrate on other issues.”
The Housing First model relies on housing vouchers to provide the affordable housing subsidy.
“My favorite quote is everybody deserves a little place to call home.”
Click here to read more about Susan and the Stories of New Jersey.