Established in 2010, RCHP-AHC’s Shiimti Apartments provide housing for 10 formerly homeless young adults in Newark.
In September 2009 the Corporation for Supportive Housing, a national organization that provides technical assistance to supportive housing providers, requested that RCHP-AHC become the developer of ten units of supportive housing for homeless, justice-involved youth with disabling conditions, in Newark. In June 2010, RCHP-AHC purchased 2 two-family houses in Newark, which now house ten formerly homeless youth age 18-21, and two Resident Assistants (one in each house) who serve as role models and help provide community linkage for the tenants.
The $883,000.00 project, funded by NJHMFA Special Needs Trust Fund and HOME Investment Partnership Funds from Essex County and the City of Newark, is currently entering its sixth year of providing housing and support services for this very challenging population. The Essex County Department of Citizen Services/ Division of Community Action provides ten project-based Shelter + Care rental assistance vouchers. Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care provides case management services to the tenants.
The vast majority of youth referred for housing have been in multiple foster and group homes, as well as a variety of shelters and transitional housing programs, before moving into our housing. While residing in our housing they are provided with referrals for medical, dental and vision care, and are assisted with obtaining government benefits, looking for jobs, enrolling in GED, college and/or vocational training programs, and obtaining mental health and substance abuse treatment if they so desire it.