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 […]

The Waterfront Project, Inc.: Navigating the Housing Crisis in the Wake of the Pandemic 

The COVID-19 pandemic has left an indelible mark on communities across the globe, exacerbating existing inequalities and unveiling new challenges. Among the most pressing issues is the housing affordability crisis, which has seen a dramatic escalation affecting both renters and homeowners alike. In Hudson County, New Jersey, and the broader Northern NJ area, The Waterfront […]

Navigating the Rising Tide of Evictions: The Critical Role of Free Legal Services and Housing Counseling

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, our communities are facing an unprecedented eviction crisis, with filings more than 50% higher than the pre-pandemic average. This alarming statistic, highlighted in a recent report by Princeton’s Eviction Lab, underscores a growing challenge that threatens the stability and well-being of countless families across the nation. The story […]