This past week, advocates for supportive housing and the Housing First model found a new champion in Assemblyman Louis Greenwald who is looking to expand Housing First in the Garden State.
In an article by NJ Spotlight, Assemblyman Greenwald articulated the need to serve the state's homeless through housing and services to both improve lives and reduce costs generated by trips to the emergency room and other emergency systems.
“By giving them the dignity of a home, a roof over their head, that sense of security, we can start to avoid those costs,” as well as additional costs from jails and other services that are required to help homeless residents whose mental-health needs aren’t addressed, Greenwald said.
CSH has long worked with both New York and New Jersey to expand supportive housing opportunities. New York is leading the way, dedicating significant state Medicaid savings to create quality housing and health care services for those most using Medicaid-funded services.
Our own Kristin Miller is quoted in the article, underscoring the role of the state in making these programs work.
CSH is excited to see momentum building in New Jersey at the legislative level and is continuing our own efforts to bring supportive housing to those most in need. Later this month CSH is holding a tw0-day training in Edison, NJ to focus on Mastering Quality Supportive Housing and Effectively Targeting Supportive Housing. Details including costs, location, content and how to register for this training opportunity are available here.