Advance Housing, a Community Housing Development Organization, is a provider of supportive housing and services throughout Northern New Jersey. The agency opened in 1997 as a consortium of providers, and includes on its Board representation from The Arc of Bergen and Passaic Counties, Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare, North Jersey Friendship House, and Vantage Health System, as well as consumers. The agency has become instrumental in meeting the residential needs of consumers of mental health services, and looks forward to continuing its efforts in this area.
The agency’s philosophy of “making the program fit the consumer” in its delivery of supportive housing services has enabled consumers with various needs to live independently in the community. Services are provided via multi-disciplinary teams that utilize flexible, innovative approaches and work closely with other local providers in order to ensure collaborative service planning with consumers.
A unique feature of the agency is its ability to develop, own and operate a growing supply of decent, affordable housing. Housing is such a crucial element to a person’s ability to succeed in the community, yet it’s nearly impossible for consumers to find affordable housing anywhere. As a result, Advance has taken a proactive approach when it comes to housing, and has developed its own supply of affordable housing. Consumers often report satisfaction associated with having a supportive landlord and find that the agency’s housing is of better quality than they could rent in the private market.
Since 1997, the agency has developed multiple properties of affordable, lease-based housing. The agency uses a scatter-site approach and all of the units are integrated into the community, near shopping and transportation. The agency provides services to people who are renting apartments from private landlords.