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.

The program is funded by the NJ Department of Community Affairs, the Camden County Homeless Trust Fund, the Virtua Foundation, and Cooper University Hospital.

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