Eva’s Village and Other New Jersey Providers Sponsor an Event Entitled “Recovery Support Forum - Housing Matters!”

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Eva’s Village sponsors community forum about housing issues affecting individuals with substance use disorders.

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Mercer County Community College, NJ - Eva’s Village is sponsoring an event entitled “Recovery Support Forum – Housing Matters!” on September 29th at Mercer County Community College from 1-4PM. The goals of the forum are to educate consumers, treatment providers, and decision-makers concerning the following:

  •     Need for expanded recovery housing capacity statewide
  •     Different local and national recovery housing models and trends
  •     Advantages and disadvantages of local and state regulations
  •     Existing and potential funding possibilities

George Kent of Oxford House, Ryan Moser from the Corporation for Supportive Housing, and Fred Way of the National Alliance of Recovery Residences are among the experts in the field presenting information. Audience members will be encouraged to ask questions, comment and share their experiences. In addition to presentations from experts and consumers, the forum will hold a listening panel consisting of elected officials, community leaders, and decision makers from throughout the state. The role of the listening panel is to hear from experts and consumers concerning solutions to the complex housing needs of substance use disorder (SUD) consumers with designated time for a panel response.

National studies show that individuals in SUD recovery programs who are released from inpatient facilities have a high likelihood of cycling back into a life of substance abuse due to lack of sober housing. Sober housing provides transition between inpatient facilities and returning home. This important step in the recovery process needs to be addressed in the community and Eva’s Village is sponsoring this forum to start the discussion. Organizers for this event envision a productive conversation and cooperation between constituents and their decision makers to address the complex housing needs of SUD consumers and work towards solutions together.

For more information about the Recovery Support Forum – Housing Matters, call the Recovery Center at Eva’s Village at (973) 569-5170.

Eva’s Village is sponsoring the event in collaboration with Oxford House, Corporation for Supportive Housing, New Jersey Alliance of Recovery Residences, Serenity House, John Brooks Recovery Center, Integrity House, Daytop New Jersey, Rescue Mission of Trenton, Anderson House, National Council on Alcoholism, Drug Dependence and National Alliance of Recovery Residences, Behavior Crossroads, and Hendricks Hansen House hold forum to discuss how housing matter.

The Recovery Center at Eva’s Village is a community resource that provides recovery related workshops, trainings, support groups, social events, recreational activities, wellness classes, telephone support, housing and employment assistance, and childcare services. The Recovery Center is staffed by individuals in recovery who use their direct experience to identify problems and provide solutions to those in need of support.

Founded by Msgr. Vincent E. Puma in 1982 as a response to the poor and homeless in Paterson, New Jersey, Eva's Village (http://www.evasvillage.org) is a non-profit comprehensive social service organization with a mission to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, treat the addicted and provide medical and dental care to the poor with respect for the human dignity of each individual. Eva's Village has grown from a simple soup kitchen to become the one of the most respected anti-poverty programs in the state of New Jersey and now includes eighteen integrated programs housed in numerous buildings spanning several city blocks in downtown Paterson.

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