Childcare in New Jersey
In our past posts, we have emphasized how NJHCN’s investment is creating transformational change in the lives of the children living at our Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing Program.
Which makes perfect sense, because that’s what we see when the children return from another day of adventure at summer camp. (Honestly, their giggles and laughter are the best sound. Ever.)
But now we want to put those personal stories into the larger context of how many children we serve and how we serve them.
As this is being posted, 25 children are living at the Shelter and Transitional Housing. They range in ages from 2 months to 16 years. (To put that number into perspective, a total of 90 children lived in the two facilities in 2018.)
And we can almost guarantee that that number will change by the end of the week because families are moving in and out all the time. Which is a good thing because it means they are returning to stable, independent lives in their own homes.
Our challenge is finding affordable childcare for our younger children. Without it, their parents can’t find/keep their jobs.
But our area is considered a “childcare desert,” which means the demand overwhelms the available spaces.
Plus, childcare is insanely expensive. It costs the same as sending an 18-year old to Rutgers University. (Think about that. Last year, we paid the equivalent of sending 90 college students to school for some portion of the year.)
That is why the underwriting support from the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network is so vitally important to helping homeless families rebuild their lives.
And that is why we are so grateful for their support. Because you can draw a direct line between that funding and those smiles on those young faces.
Homeless Solutions’ Healthy Children Initiative is supported by funding from Atlantic Health System, as part of the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network.
About the Grantee
Our mission is “to offer shelter, social services and supportive housing to homeless and low-income people.” We make that an everyday reality through a strategically-designed construct of housing options -- Emergency Shelter (short term), Transitional Housing (intermediate), and Affordable Housing (long term) – that linked with supportive services, help move people to better, healthier lives.