Supportive services are necessary in updated New Jersey housing plans

The case for housing the mentally ill: it is less expensive and more productive. 

In light of the recent New Jersey ruling mandating that municipalities submit their affordable housing plans to the state Supreme Court, Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services urges local housing authorities to consider integrating wraparound services for people with mental illness (such as counseling and case management) into their housing plans. As this letter points out, supportive housing is the least expensive way to house and care for people who struggle with mental illnesses or disabilities. Furthermore, it enables those receiving care to then contribute to their communities through employment, volunteering and advocacy. 

Providing people with affordable housing, counseling, job placement, healthcare and other supportive services enables them to thrive and become community assets. 

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