WHAT IS HOUSING FIRST?
Housing First is a consumer-driven approach that provides immediate access to permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness, without requiring psychiatric treatment or sobriety as determinants of “housing readiness” Additionally, the Housing First approach is guided by the idea that housing is a basic human right.
Consumer choice is central to the Housing First model and guides both housing and service delivery. Housing First is a specific program approach, but it can also be looked at as a philosophy of service, and as a systems approach for addressing homelessness.
Several organizations, including Cape Hope, help homeless people find a place to sleep for one night or two. Others help the most capable families establish homes of their own. The Cape Hope Center project will help families and individuals make a transition to healthy and independent living. That change takes effort and time. Housing security provides a base that allows them to develop the skills and systems that make the family a sustainable unit. We hope that the residents will stay with us between three and eighteen months. Take a look at our plans.
Homelessness Trust Fund $3.00 per document In December 2016 the Board of Chosen Freeholders established the County Homelessness Trust Fund pursuant to P.L. 2009, Chapter 123. This fee will fund programs to aid the homeless in Cape May County. Beginning February 1, 2017 the County Clerk will begin collecting $3.00 per document additional recording fee for the County Homelessness Trust Fund. Included here is our updated fee list, including those documents which will incur the additional $3.00 recording fee.
Guided by God’s word and inspired by God’s spirit to love our neighbor as ourselves, Cape Hope offers help to those desiring to overcome the physical, emotional and financial barriers that keep them from permanent housing and guide them to achieve their goals to re-enter the community.
We begin by building and fostering relationships of mutual respect with county and state agencies as well as working with other community organizations to create a setting of compassion and service.
“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment; and the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
Matthew 22:37-39 NKJV
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