Advance Housing’s programs are geared toward helping people with disabilities live independently in the community. Here is a brief description of each of the agency’s current programs
Aging out Youth Program (AOY):
The Aging Out Youth Program provides permanent supportive housing services to youth aging out of the Department of Children and Family services and transitioning to the adult mental health system. Consumers will work closely with a Youth Transition Specialist and a multidisciplinary team to ensure normalized living arrangements coupled with individualized services. Staff members provide a flexible and responsive system of support that allows consumers to maintain independence and a lifestyle of their choosing.
Supportive Living Program (SLP):
This program is geared toward people who are transitioning from group homes or lengthy hospitalizations and have achieved a relative level of independent living skills. A limited supply of scatter-site, agency-owned housing is available for this program.
The Homeless Service Team (HoST):
This program uses a holistic approach to help homeless adults with psychiatric disabilities achieve a better quality of life. The HoST team uses the Housing First model to move people from the streets and shelters to the safety of their own homes. The staff are accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Residential Intensive Support Team (RIST):
This program is an option to group home placement for people ready for discharge from Psychiatric Hospitals who are choosing to live in more independent situations. Services are provided by a residential intensive support team capable of meeting the consumers' needs in the community 24 hours a day.
Medically Enhanced Supportive Housing Program (MESH):
Provides supportive housing for individuals who have co-occurring medical conditions and psychiatric disorders.
Provides donated furniture to low-income formerly homeless individuals and families in Bergen County, including veterans, survivors of domestic violence and their children, seniors, and people with physical and mental challenges who are moving from emergency shelters to permanent but unfurnished housing.
Hours of operation:
M-S 8 am- 8 pm.
If you or a family member are experiencing the signs or symptoms of a mental illness and feel you are in crisis, call 201-262-HELP (4357). Crisis counselors are available 24/7 to guide you through the next steps of getting help.