Permanent Supportive Housing

The next step in the Center’s “continuum of care” was clear – providing safe, supportive housing in close proximity to our Outpatient Program.

AvalonSomerset16 families served

In 2012 AvalonBay Communities agreed to partner with Great Expectations in the next step in our Continuum of Care – Permanent Supportive Housing.   Sixteen units of low income housing were set aside for CGE clients at AvalonSomerset, a 364 unit residential rental community located on Easton Avenue, directly behind the Center.  Our first families came ‘home’ in late 2012, and in March 2014 our 16th mother and her two children moved directly from the Center’s program into their new home.

WISH (Women’s Intensive Supportive Housing) Program 12 families served

May 2015 brought the exciting news for CGE’s next step of supportive housing – a new contract, awarded by the State of NJ, would provide for 12 more  families and a fully staffed case management team – a first for CGE.  In July 2015 this program was launched, with the subsequent hiring of full time program manager, full time case manager, and a part-time case manager.  With no available central location (like AvalonSomerset), the WISH team identified individual apartments as soon as families were ready to move in to their new homes.   

Supportive case management is critical to a successful PSH program.  This approach emphasizes the importance of family-centered practice that supports and preserves families through a respectful, strengths-based approach that views the family as central to the child’s well-being. 

Case managers  provide a family-centered practice approach to services delivery, where families will be encouraged to participate and take full advantage of the supportive services provided for their family’s benefit.
Individual service plans and an integrated family case plan identifies and describes each family member’s goals, services, actions and/or behaviors needed to achieve them, and target dates or timeframes for goal achievement.  Goals include the development and/or maintenance of independent living skills, parenting skills, job skills, financial literacy, relapse prevention, good tenancy, better physical and mental health, and greater self-determination.  Additionally, the case plan will address access to social service benefits, housing related services, medical and non-medical transportation, drug/alcohol/mental health treatment, child care, legal issues, education and employment.  

“Sometimes when I get home from work and picking up my kids, I am exhausted, but I smile and feel better when I put my keys into my apartment door. All I wanted my whole life was a home; I have found that here.”

Join us in supporting these families in their journey toward independent living and a successful, healthy future!  Email us at info@cge-nj.org if you can connect us to housing opportunities, used car donations for our families, or other ways you might help.