Addressing the Surge in Homelessness: Insights from HUD’s Annual Report and What it Means for New Jersey

**By Carol Sainthilaire, Executive Director of The Waterfront Project, Inc.** https://www.huduser.gov/portal/pdredge/pdr-edge-featd-article-043024.html Here’s the 2023-AHAR-Part-1.pdf for you to review. The 2023 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress paints a stark picture of homelessness in the United States, including in New Jersey. As we digest this report at The Waterfront Project, Inc., it is crucial to align our […]

Criminalizing the homeless costs three times more than housing them

Upholding the Right to Housing—A Call for Compassion and Justice

As the Supreme Court deliberates the pivotal case concerning the city of Grants Pass’s regulations on public camping, The Waterfront Project, Inc. (WFP) reaffirms its unwavering commitment to the principle that housing is a fundamental human right, not a privilege. This case, which questions whether it is constitutional to penalize homeless individuals for sleeping in […]

Preventing Evictions Prevents Negative Health Outcomes in Diverse Communities 

In Hudson County, New Jersey, a place known for its vibrant, racially diverse communities, the shadow of housing instability looms large, with at least 10,000 eviction filings each year. This staggering number not only disrupts lives but can also have profound psychological impacts, particularly on vulnerable populations such as pregnant African American women.   Listen to […]

The Waterfront Project’s Response to Jersey City’s Right to Counsel Ordinance

Ordinance would offer free legal representation to low-income tenants Today, April 12, 2023, The Jersey City Council will share its first reading on two core ordinances: Right to Counsel (Ord. 23-030) and collecting Developer Fees to Fund Affordable Housing (Ord. 23-029), which will fund a Right to Counsel program in the City. The Right to […]