Coordinated Entry Moves 70% of Households to Permanent Housing
Hudson County, New Jersey has awarded funds to end homelessness by establishing a Coordinated Entry Program through its County Homelessness Trust Fund with nonprofit organizations including the Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation (GSECDC.)
GSECDC is a community development organization serving the most vulnerable by revitalizing neighborhoods through developing permanent supportive housing for people with special needs and affordable housing.
GSEDC operates the Hudson County Homeless Coordinated Entry Program and provides a myriad of social services and emergency housing for the homeless population.
The Hudson County Coordinated Entry Program provides the homeless with comprehensive services which include intake, assessment, individualized case management, service linkages, and a drop-in center.
The program also supports an outreach team to engage homeless persons; a Rapid Re-Housing Program; and permanent supportive housing for homeless special needs populations.
The Hudson County Homelessness Trust Fund awarded GSECDC a contract to expand its Coordinated Entry Program Homeless to include the Palisades Emergency Residence Corporation (PERC) Shelter for 2016.
The Coordinated Entry Program provides extensive one-on-one case management for homeless individuals and families, including comprehensive intake, assessment, and program referrals for housing and other supportive services.
Since the expansion of the Coordinated Entry Program, 536 households have received assessment. In addition, in 2016, 70% of clients discharged moved to a permanent setting.
The County Homelessness Trust Fund Act passed by the state in 2009, allows counties to impose a $3 surcharge on certain documents and use that revenue to fund a county homeless trust fund.
To date, ten counties in New Jersey operate Homelessness Trust Funds and since 2011, a total of over $1 million in combined funds have been raised. This funding helps prevent and end homelessness for many individuals and families in their communities.
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Understanding the need for additional funding to support its initiatives to end homelessness, Hudson County was the first county in New Jersey to call on the Governor and State Legislature to create a statewide system of county-based Homelessness Trust Funds.
On January 29, 2010 the Board of Chosen Freeholders, voted, by resolution, to establish a trust fund entitled “The Hudson County Homelessness Trust Fund” (HCHTF).
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