THE HOMELESS ARE LAST — AND NEED HOUSING AND SUPPORT SERVICES — THEY SHALL BE FIRST
One way to recharge the economy is to increase access to affordable housing for all NJ residents. By committing $600 million of state funds annually toward affordable housing development/support through HCDNNJ's Build a Thriving New Jersey plan we will create construction jobs while simultaneously creating a healthier life for our poorest residents. They, in turn, well-housed, will become increasingly stable and able to more effectively plug into our economy and communities.
Many of New Jersey’s homeless are Medicaid “high-utilizers.” Evidence-based interventions of rapid rehousing and high-fidelity Housing First (HFHF) creates a healthier environment for those who need more services.
Just recently New Jersey moved to a Medicaid fee-for-service payment model. The pursuit of this model has been suspect from the beginning. New Jersey should expedite the development of a values-based purchasing strategy that includes data-driven performance measures. My administration would extend state "bridge funds" to cover the shortfall and keep programs open until the values-based payment model goes into effect.