(BRIDGETON, NJ)—Dr. Robin Weinstein, President of the M25 Initiative and Convener of the Cumberland County Housing First Collaborative, and Mr. Ralph Padilla, CEO of PRAC of New Jersey, today announced that the Collaborative is seeking landlords of rental properties in Cumberland County that are interested in housing one or more of the 42 chronically homeless that will be placed in permanent supportive housing by September 30, 2017.
“The Cumberland County Housing First Collaborative (CCHFC) is a unique consortium of social service organizations, faith-based institutions, and government officials committed to tackling the problem of chronic homelessness in Cumberland County,” said Dr. Weinstein. “The individuals in our program are working hard to turn their lives around and are in need of a second chance. By partnering with us, landlords have the unique opportunity to help end homelessness in Cumberland County with guaranteed income for rent and support through the partners in the Collaborative.”
The guiding agency of this collaborative is the M25 Initiative, a nonprofit organization based in Bridgeton, which also facilitates the grassroots Cumberland County Code Blue Coalition. The other partners of the collaborative include Gateway Community Action Partnership, PRAC of New Jersey, Resources for Independent Living, and CompleteCare. The collaborative is operating in partnership with the Cumberland County Jail, Inspira Health Network, and Monarch Housing. PRAC of New Jersey is responsible for the housing engagement duties of the Collaborative.
“We have received a major grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs which provides us with 42 housing vouchers that we can use to find homes for the individuals who we can identify and process,” said Ralph Padilla. “These housing vouchers enable us to target Cumberland County’s chronically homeless individuals and place them in quality housing. Our clients are committed to succeeding, and we are committed to helping them succeed. Yet, we cannot do it alone – landlords literally hold the key to our clients’ futures.”
The incentives for landlords to partner with the Collaborative include:
“Despite the best efforts, problems are sometimes inevitable. However, when problems arise, it can be reassuring to know that there is someone to call. We care as much about our relationship with our landlords as we do our clients” said Padilla.
“Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to live. Some people make mistakes, but everyone deserves a second chance. By helping house our clients, you are playing an integral role not only in helping individuals take charge of their lives, but also in making your community a better place to live,” concluded Weinstein.
Landlords that are interested in learning more about this program should contact PRAC of NJ and speak with Ralph Padilla or Rick Ortiz at (856) 982-6004/(856) 299-5800 ext. 14 or they can email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Collaborative, please visit: www.endhomelessness2020.com.