Last month, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) awarded 25 new "Project Based Section 8" Keeping Families Together (KFT) supportive housing units to Robin’s Nest in Glassboro, NJ. The new units will be located in Atlantic and Gloucester Counties, NJ.
This past week, CSH staff Alison Harte and Erin Burns-Maine joined a kickoff meeting with partners helping to bring these new units on line. In addition to CSH, the participants included representatives from Robin’s Nest (service provider), Rukenstein and Associates (housing provider), the NJ Department of Community Affairs, and local child welfare offices.
The objectives of this meeting were to further expand partner understanding of the core components of the KFT model and increase awareness of the "Housing First" approach.
Partners are moving quickly to assist families, meet their needs, and get the supportive housing units filled as soon as possible, with a goal of five placements by December 1, 2015.
To date, the KFT initiative in NJ has expanded to include a total of 40 units in Essex, Monmouth, Atlantic and Gloucester Counties.