Supportive Housing

Posts on supportive housing in NJ.

After 7 years the modular units arrived last week and in the last three days the home was “put together”. The units traveled from Pennsylvania on flatbed trucks over a two week period and were stored nearby waiting for assembly. It was amazing to watch how they raise and fit the pieces together within ¼ of an inch! Over the next few weeks the units will be bolted and strapped together before all the finishing touches get done. The new tenants will move in by November 2011.

During the NAEH Conference, presenters shared best practices from Richmond, Virginia and San Francisco, CA that are working to get individuals experiencing homelessness employed. This post focuses on Larkin Street Youth Services which serves a youth population of ages 12 to 24 and uses a harm reduction model. When staff would ask youth experiencing homelessness what they wanted, the first response from youth was that they wanted to get a job.

During the NAEH Conference, presenters shared best practices from Richmond, Virginia and San Francisco, CA that are working to get individuals experiencing homelessness employed. This post focuses on the Homeward program in Richmond recognized that a criminal record and employment are two of the biggest barriers to housing. Employment is critical because it both enhances social interaction and gives an individual the ability to pay rent.

The Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc. (TAC) and Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force recently released Priced Out (link to report), examining the value of Supplementary Security Income (SSI). The report shows that an individual receiving SSI, a federal supplement designed to provide for the basic needs of disabled people who have little or no income, is priced out of every single housing market in the United States.

On June 29, 2011, The Arc of Atlantic County, Inc. held an Open House event for their Galloway Housing Project located in Galloway Township, Atlantic County. This supportive housing project consists of the construction of two new homes that included four apartments in each home. Each home also has common space for the tenants to mingle and a staff office.