Though each person's experience is different, 2020 has been, undoubtedly, a difficult year for all in varying ways. For our community, the health and housing crisis has been, and remains, an incredible obstacle.
We've seen a 400% increase in requests for Outreach Services in the last 3 months as the second wave of the pandemic began.
The incoming calls for help, 6-9 months into this Pandemic include:
• An increase in call volume since September, peaked at 200% in November, December on pace to exceed.
• October- Current: 400% increase in referrals from partners
• Increase in complexity of need
• Hourly workers, wait staff, and many others having difficulty making ends meet.
• Wider caller population; “At-risk” group rapidly expanding as those with first time needs try to obtain assistance
• People have showed their resiliency and resourcefulness, but can no longer hang on without major intervention.
Fulfilling the Promise by:
· Providing immediate, onsite services at eviction court with our Navigating Hope Mobile Unit
· Offering eviction prevention services to the community
Housing 30 unsheltered, homeless households using unique partnerships with community parners and the Morris County Housing Authority
· Providing 24/7 wraparound services to those at-risk of losing their home
Our Housing Resource Navigators and VISTA members working with landlords to educate, advocate and assist in obtaining stable, permeant housing