Housing is Health Care and Affordable Housing Creates Healthy Communities
On Saturday, October 5, 2019, the Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) and its partner, Monarch Housing Associates, invites community organizations, neighbors and friends to participate the Annual Walk for Wellness and Recovery.
The Walk takes place in beautiful Nomahegan Park on Springfield Avenue in Cranford and will begin at 8:30 a.m. This year marks the 12th anniversary of this annual event and last year’s walk drew participation from 300 walkers.
Walk registration is $25 online and $30 on the day of the event. The deadline to register online is Friday, October 4, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. Click here to register for the Walk.
The event features activities for all ages, including pumpkin painting for children, wellness demonstrations and community resource tables. For more information, please call MHANJ call 973-571-4100, ext. 128. Click here for more information.
Monarch Housing Associates recognized the important connection between housing and wellness and recovery. On July 24, 2019, Monarch Housing Associates, the Mental Health Association of New Jersey (MHANJ), and 35 other partner organizations from New Jersey traveled to D.C. for the annual Congressional Reception. Advocates carried the message that Opportunity Starts at Home: Building a Necessary and Secure Foundation for Health Communities.
Attendees at the event and individuals impacted by homelessness reminded our elected officials in Washington that housing is a right, housing is health care and affordable housing creates healthy communities.
Monarch Housing recently released NJCounts 2019, the point-in-time count of the homeless that took place on January 22, 2019. NJCounts 2019 found 8,864 persons experiencing homelessness on a single night in the State of New Jersey. When self-reporting, individuals experiencing homelessness and those specifically with a disability, mental health often goes hand in hand with homelessness.
Fifty-one percent of homeless persons reported having some type of disability. 61.2% of adults 18 or older reported some type of disability compared to 10.7% of children. The most common disabilities included mental health issues and substance abuse disorders.
Among disabled persons, 59.6% reported mental health issues making this the most prevalent disability; representing 60.5% of the disabled adult homeless population and 30.1% of the total identified population experiencing homelessness. 48.8% of disabled adults reported a substance abuse disorder. Among disabled homeless children, 44.4% a developmental disability and another 40.3% reported mental health issues.