Homeless Solutions, Inc.

A Hand UP, Not a HandOUT

aka HSI   |   Cedar Knolls, NJ   |  www.homelesssolutions.org

Mission

Our mission is to offer shelter, services, and supportive housing to the homeless and working poor. Our Philosophy is “A Hand Up, not a Handout.” As a private, nonprofit organization, Homeless Solutions has been helping the homeless and working poor in our community since 1983. We are unique in what we do. It’s not just about providing a warm meal and a place to sleep. Our goal is to give those who we serve the tools and surroundings they need to rebuild their lives and become self-sufficient. What sets our nonprofit apart from others is our Continuum of Housing options including our Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing Program for families, Mt. Kemble Home for senior women, and our Affordable Housing properties. Last year, our programs and services helped over 500 people.

Ruling year info

1986

CEO

Dan McGuire

Main address

3 Wing Drive Suite 245

Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927 USA

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EIN

22-2491675

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (L11)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As a private, nonprofit organization, Homeless Solutions has been helping the homeless and working poor in our community since 1983. We are unique in what we do. It’s not just about providing a warm meal and a place to sleep. Our goal is to give those who we serve the tools and surroundings they need to rebuild their lives and become self-sufficient - a "hand up, not a handout". What sets our nonprofit apart from others is our Continuum of Housing options including our Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing Program (THP) for families, Mt. Kemble Home for senior women, Warming Center for street homeless in the winter, Promising Solutions campus for single women in shared housing, and the 74 Affordable Rental Housing units we own and operate. Last year, our programs and services helped over 5O0 people.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Homeless Solutions, Inc.

HSI offers a unique continuum of housing options:

Our Main Shelter provides 85 beds for multiple programs, including those for Families and Single Women, Single Men, and our Safe Haven Program (designed for homeless people with a mental health diagnosis, the only one of its kind in the state). The shelter also includes a Warming Center for street homeless people during the winter months.

Our Transitional Housing Program (THP) has ten furnished apartments that serve as an intermediate step for families whose adult members are working. Case Managers provide structured support and a variety of workshops designed to develop and strengthen skills in budgeting, parenting, and employment.

Our Family Supportive "Outreach" Program is for our Transitional Housing Program (THP) graduates. They have the option to receive follow-up supportive services for two years following their exit from THP. The goal is to ensure they remain housed and do not cycle back into homelessness.
HSI also operates the historic Mt. Kemble Home for senior women of limited means(65+ years). It provides safe, affordable housing for 22 residents. Each resident has her own room, shared bathrooms, a common sitting room, and a dining room.

Our Promising Solutions campus is a unique shared housing model including nine houses that provide permanent housing for 32 homeless and at-risk single women.

Homeless Solutions also owns and operates 74 Affordable Rental Housing units throughout Morris County.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Low-income people
Working poor
At-risk youth

Our 85-bed shelter is designed for short-term stay in dormitory-style living. This program is designed for families and single women. We provide a safe, secure, supportive, drug-and-alcohol-free environment. Our highly structured programs provide goal-oriented Case Management, our Life Skills Curriculum, childcare, linkages to medical care and transportation, and more.

Population(s) Served
Families
Homeless people
Parents

Our 85-bed shelter is designed for short-term stay in dormitory-style living. The Men's Shelter Program is focused on homeless men, and provides a safe, secure, supportive, drug-free and alcohol-free environment. Our highly structured programs provide goal-oriented Case Management, our Life Skills Curriculum, childcare, linkages to medical care and transportation, and more.

Population(s) Served
Men and boys
Homeless people

The Safe Haven Shelter Program, in partnership with the Mental Health Association, provides shelter and services for homeless people with a mental health diagnosis. It is the only program of its kind in the state. Safe Haven can accommodate up to 20 men and women at a time, providing case management and outreach services. Annually, Safe Haven shelters 50-60 individuals

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

The ten 3-bedroom apartments that comprise our Transitional Housing Program facility are home to families whose adult members are employed and working hard to obtain permanent housing. The facility can house up to 60 people for 12-18 months. The program focuses on budgeting and saving to prepare guests to return to independent living, and includes our Life Skills Curriculum and childcare assistance

Population(s) Served
Families
Homeless people

The Mt. Kemble Home provides safe, affordable housing for 22 senior women of very limited means. The home has been in existence for over 130 years and is listed on state and national historic registries. We have performed significant renovations to upgrade and restore the home, including many safety and mobility enhancements.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of families that graduated from our Transitional Housing Program (THP)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Transitional Housing Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

THP is home to families whose adult members are working hard to obtain independence and permanent housing.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Homeless Solutions, Inc.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

People who received shelter and housing through our programs and services.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Homeless Solutions, Inc.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Meals provided by volunteers to families staying at our shelter.

Percentage of families that graduated from our Transitional Housing Program (THP) who secured permanent, affordable housing

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Transitional Housing Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

THP is home to families whose adult members are working hard to obtain independence and permanent housing.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At Homeless Solutions, we are aiming to break the cycle of homelessness. It is expensive to live in Morris County. Many of the families in our programs are working two or three minimum wage earning jobs and still cannot afford to pay rent while taking care of their basic needs - like food. They get stuck in a vicious cycle where they're bouncing from shelter to shelter, sleeping on floors, and lacking that sense of security.

Homeless Solutions aims to restore security and self-sufficiency to our participants through our structured programs.

Our organization's key strategies can be found in our Life Skills Curriculum. Our Life Skills Curriculum helps guests get back on their feet by teaching them skills such as money management, resume writing, effective parenting techniques, nutrition, and more. We aim to educate and empower our program participants by identifying what caused their homelessness and giving them the tools they need to get back on their feet, so that they can be independent.

When participants graduate from our program, they are given the opportunity to enroll in HSI's Family Supportive Housing Program, also known as "Outreach". This program provides follow up case management services for two years following their exit from our program. These families can continue to attend educational workshops and participate in the seasonal item distributions. The goal is to ensure that our graduates remain housed and do not cycle back into homelessness.

We offer a range of services to help the people in our program become self-sufficient and not cycle back into homelessness.

Main Shelter: Our 85-bed shelter is designed for short-term stay. It provides a safe, secure, supportive, drug and alcohol free environment. Our highly structured programs provide goal-oriented case management, our Like Skills curriculum, childcare, and more.

THP: Home to families whose adult members are employed and working hard to obtain independence and permanent housing.

Outreach: Provides follow up case management services for two years following participants exit from THP. Our goal is to ensure that they remain housed and do not cycle back into homelessness

Mt. Kemble Home: Provides safe, affordable housing for senior women of limited means

Affordable Rental Housing Units: Through construction, renovation, and advocacy, our housing development team creates award-winning, environmentally-friendly homes that people can afford.

Over the past 38 years, we have been developing and expanding our Programs and Services to accommodate the increasing demands to help our homeless neighbors in need. We started as a small shelter in the basement of a church helping single men. Today we are the largest provider of homeless services in Morris County and helped over 700 men, women, and children last year.

In addition to our Main Shelter and Transitional Housing, we provide affordable housing. We began our Housing Development in 2004 with 15 apartments, and today we own and operate 74 affordable rental units.
Over the past several years, we expanded our programs to include our Mt. Kemble Home for senior women of limited means and a Warming Center for the street homeless during the winter months providing 1,872 bed nights last year. We recently launched Promising Solutions, a shared housing model for homeless and at-risk single women that includes a campus with nine houses accommodating 32 residents.

We just began our renovations for our Next Level Shelter Expansion Project that will provide twice as much space for a new Kitchen and Dining Room, allowing larger volunteer groups. It will also result in a new permanent Winter Warming Center with showers and bathrooms. Also included in this expansion project is the opening of our Alcohol & Drug Counseling Center. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

We have a robust history and continue to evolve to accommodate the needs of our community, always with our mission in mind to offer shelter, services, and supportive housing to homeless and low-income people. We are making an impact and helping to break the cycle of homelessness by providing “A Hand Up, not a Handout.”

Financials

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Operations

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Homeless Solutions, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

George Goldman


Board co-chair

Mary LeBlanc

Dan McGuire

CEO of HSI

Warren Estey

Mike Gayda

George Goldman

Mary LeBlanc

Diane Mann

George Scott

Lee Taurman

Steve Trozinski

Tom Uhlman

Megan Young

DaVon Gorman

Sally Mulligan

Colleen Bondy

Gary Pancoast

Georgia Papathomas

Steve Schroeder

Rob Schmitt

Darla Wilkinson

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No