"Serve the immediate needs
of the homeless and near homeless.
Empower people with tools to transition
to safe, affordable, permanent housing.
Advocate for people to achieve housing equity
and participate in the larger community."
The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless was one of the first organizations to advocate on behalf of homeless people in the State of New Jersey. Created in 1981 in response to the mounting needs of homeless families and individuals in our community and since then we have seen an exponential increase in the number of homeless adults and children. This is a direct result of both a lack of truly affordable housing and a lack of jobs that pay a living wage.
The Coalition has developed innovative strategies to organize and empower homeless people. These approaches have been adopted by a number of agencies throughout the State. Together with our “sister agency,” St. Joseph Social Service Center, we provide wraparound services and support to address the needs of the homeless.