Center House, a project of The Center in Asbury Park is a supportive housing environment where homeless individuals living with HIV can achieve needed residential stability and live with dignity, respect, and a sense of home.
The Center realized the need for supportive, affordable and safe housing for homeless individuals living with HIV and opened Center House in 2006.
Utilizing a staff of social work and public health professionals, Center House collaborates with a network of community providers of HIV healthcare, substance abuse treatment and other services.
Center House features:
Center House Supportive Services include:
WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR CENTER HOUSE RESIDENCY?
Individuals (single adults) applying for residency at Center House are required to meet the following criteria established by HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development):
1.Homelessness as defined by HUD
2.Income eligibility for Monmouth County Section 8
3.Living with HIV / AIDS
4.Disabled as defined by HUD
DOES CENTER HOUSE HAVE A SUBSTANCE USE ASSESSMENT POLICY?
Readiness for independent living in a supportive housing environment requires that upon assessment and throughout residency, all applicants must agree to random drug screening. Upon assessment, an admission of illegal drug use or testing positive for illegal drug use will result in ineligibility for residency at Center House. (Completion of an outpatient or inpatient substance use treatment program will be required for reconsideration for residency at Center House).
Center House is not an inpatient substance use rehab nor is it an outpatient substance use treatment program. Applicants in recovery from substance or alcohol abuse are requested to document a minimum of 6 months sobriety with an appropriate recovery support system.
DO CENTER HOUSE RESIDENTS RECEIVE SECTION 8?
In an effort to help Center House residents maintain their housing and maximize capacity for independent living, a "project based Section 8 rental assistance" is provided to residents of Center House. If a resident vacates Center House, the Section 8 rental assistance remains with Center House and does not remain with the individual.
Compliance with a mutually agreed upon Service Plan Contract and Guidelines for Living in Center House (House Rules) are a primary condition of maintaining the Section 8 rental assistance and residency at Center House.
WHAT IS A CENTER HOUSE SERVICE PLAN CONTRACT?
The mutually agreed upon Service Plan Contract between the Center House Resident and Center House is intended to help the resident maintain their housing and maximize capacity for independent living. The Service Plan Contract is an ongoing process throughout a resident’s stay at Center House. Endorsing agreement with and compliance with the Service Plan Contract (which may be amended to include a Treatment Service Plan Contract for alcohol and / or substance use) alongside compliance with Guidelines for Living in Center House (House Rules) are primary conditions of residency at Center House.
Center House responsibilities include:
Resident responsibilities include:
HOW DOES ONE APPLY FOR RESIDENCY AT CENTER HOUSE?
Applications for residency at Center House are reviewed by members of the Shelter Plus Care Committee whereby determination of the qualifying criteria are met. The members of this committee include representatives from the following agencies: Monmouth County Division of Social Services; Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey; Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s A-Team; Monmouth County Public Housing Authority; W. Canright House; The Center in Asbury Park and others as may be determined appropriate.
The Center in Asbury Park will make the final determination of residency.
Applications are submitted directly to Father Bob Kaeding at the following address:
Father Bob Kaeding
The Center in Asbury Park
806 3rd Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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