Rather than Offering Shelter, Homeless Solutions is Looking to House the Homeless
Many organizations opt to find temporary solutions for housing the homeless, through shelters or transitional housing. However, nonprofit Homeless Solutions is looking for ways to permanently end homelessness. It is focusing on permanent, stable housing.
According to Dan McGuire, CEO of Homeless Solutions, ““New Jersey is the sixth-most expensive state for renters in the country, and here in Morris County, every day eight households get evicted from their apartments. So that is just driving demand to homeless programs.”
NJTV News reports that the fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in New Jersey is just over $1,400 a month. This means a NJ resident has to make more than $58,00 a year or at least $28 an hour in order to spend less than 30% of your income on housing.
Homeless Solutions works to build affordable housing units that renters can afford but still be comfortable in. A lot of this comfortability comes from feeling stable in a home that they know they can afford.
Homeless Solutions has already build 86 units in Morristown County. The picture above shows a home where a mother and her children will live in the bottom unit. This family fled a domestic violence situation. Now, they will have a home that is in a walkable community, close to transportation and other resources, as all Homeless Solutions units are.
By next year, Homeless Solutions will have 14 family units in the same neighborhood in Morristown, as they are constructing two more projects. McGuire explains, “We want to put people, take them off the street and put them into permanent housing where they may succeed with the security and comfort of having those four walls and a key to a door that’s theirs.”
If you are passionate about providing affordable housing in New Jersey, you should attend the July 25th, a Congressional Reception will be held at the Dirksen Senate Auditorium in Washington D.C. This event will allow New Jersey residents who are working poor, below the poverty line and or impacted by homelessness to urge their elected officials in Washington to make No Cuts to Housing and remind them that Opportunity Starts at Home.
We know that by joining together and amplifying our voices, we can have an impact on the decisions that are made in Washington DC. Join Monarch Housing Associates and our 35 partners from New Jersey to make the case that homelessness is solvable a problem. The federal government must be a full partner in ensuring an adequate breadth of services are available to prevent children, people with disabilities, the elderly, and all of our neighbors in NJ from experiencing the homelessness.
Register today to attend the Congressional Reception. Everyone needs to register even if you are traveling on your own.