Since 1981, the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless has been a leader serving the homeless and poor in Union County, New Jersey. We provide a safety net to over 2,500 individuals every year with emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, and comprehensive services that help families work toward self-sufficiency. We have expanded our services to include treating the root causes and impacts of housing instability and have created cutting edge programs that have been adopted by several agencies throughout the State.
We work closely with our “sister agency”, St. Joseph Social Service Center, to meet the needs of the poor in Union County. The symbiotic relationship with St Joseph’s is a true partnership, started well before the idea of collaboration became popular. By providing a full range of complimentary services and programs, the two agencies have woven together a safety net that helps community residents meet their most basic needs. Today, the agencies continue to operate together, sharing space and clients out of a complex in Elizabeth. However, the agencies are separate 501(c)(3) legal entities with their own staff, board of directors, and funding sources.
Together, Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless and St. Joseph Social Service Center provides seamless wraparound services for the poor and the homeless in our community.