Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey (CSPNJ) works to prevent and end homelessness through a range of support services including mental health and substance use referrals, supportive housing and assistance with applications for permanent affordable housing.
Peer support is well recognized by professionals in mental health and addiction services, where peer support has been widely used over the past few decades and considerable knowledge has emerged about the approach. CSPNJ offers peer support as a service, given that many individuals experiencing homelessness also often live with co-occurring mental health problems, substance use, and traumatic stress disorder.
CSPNJ’s permanent supportive housing is an intervention that combines affordable housing assistance with voluntary support services to address the needs of chronically homeless people. The services are designed to build independent living and tenancy skills and connect people with community-based health care, treatment and employment services.
CSPNJ operates Hudson City’s Warming Center providing emergency shelter for the homeless from November 15th through March 31 at their facility in Kearny, New Jersey. The goal of the Warming Center is to provide a warm and safe place for unsheltered homeless individuals to spend the night during the winter months. CSPNJ serves the needs of the overflow homeless population that are forced to live on the streets and in train stations during the winter months. CSPNJ’s staff are trained professionals able to assist with the special needs of individuals who are homeless, and may experience mental health issues, substance abuse issues, or intimate partner/domestic violence issues.
CSPNJ conducts street outreach to engage with people experiencing homelessness who may be disconnected and alienated not only from mainstream services and supports, but from the services targeting homeless persons as well. This is incredibly important work designed to help establish supportive relationships, give people advice and support, and hopefully enhance the possibility that they will access necessary services and supports that will help them move off the streets.
Phone: (201) 420-8013
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm