Housing First Pilot Program

Housing First is a widely-used evidence-based housing model that ends homelessness for individuals facing long-term housing challenges. With the help of our many community partners, the Coalition is introducing the model in southern New Jersey. Our high-fidelity program identifies frequently-hospitalized and housing-unstable individuals in Camden, and provides them with safe, dignified housing with extensive support services so that they can improve their health and manage chronic conditions.

The pilot program is a multi-agency collaborative in partnership with South Jersey Behavioral Health Resources, Volunteers of America—Delaware Valley, Saint Joseph’s Carpenter Society, OAKS Integrated Care, and Corporation for Supportive Housing.

Current funders:
• NJ Department of Community Affairs
• Camden County Homelessness Trust Fund
• Virtua Foundation
• Camden County
• South Jersey Behavioral Health Innovation Collaborative
• UnitedHealthcare
• NeighborWorks America
• Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ

Funding for the first year of the pilot program provided 50 patients with a housing voucher and wraparound support services. All 50 vouchers have now been filled.

In the news
NJ Spotlight: ‘Housing First’ pilot shows how it can help improve the health of NJ’s homeless

NJTV News: Fighting homelessness by providing homes

Philly.com: ‘Housing First’ making changes for Camden County homeless

Courier-Post: Homeless man gets his first apartment

NJ.com: New program will give housing to homeless with health conditions

PBS NewsHour: A way to save money when half of all health costs is spent on a fraction of patients

NY Times: Patients Prescribed Shelter and Medication Are Wary of Trump Cuts

Camdenhealth.org: Housing First: Building trust, changing lives