January 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the introduction of legislation that would come to be known as the War on Poverty. Half a century later, there is still much work to be done. In 2013, 9.1% of families in Union County were below the poverty line. The poverty rate for Plainfield is 15.9% and is 147% higher than the New Jersey average. On average in Union County, a family spends 53% of their income on rent and this rises to 61% for families in Plainfield.
Housing First Model
To date, Homefirst has acquired and renovated 51-units of transitional, permanent supportive housing and permanent affordable housing that are owned and managed by our organization and offers a broad continuum of housing in conjunction with social services.
At Homefirst we believe that safe and affordable housing is the first step in empowering our families. It is the cornerstone of all we do and inspires us to continue the War of Poverty.