HomeSafe is a “Keeping Families Together” pilot for Essex and Hudson Counties (NJ) in which Family Connections is partnering with the NJ Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to provide supportive housing, counseling and care management for families in which parent(s) have a history of both homelessness and co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness. The program goal is for families involved with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) to be safely, healthfully, and permanently reunified in their own homes.

Program Update

Eligibility & Referral Information

  • All referrals must come from DCPP with the goal of reunification
  • Homelessness or inability to find appropriate housing is a barrier to reunification
  • Mental health and/or substance abuse diagnosis

Program Components

  • In-home therapeutic individual/family counseling
  • Peer support groups
  • Psychoeducational parenting skills group
  • Monitoring/support/linkage to treatment services.
  • Assistance in selecting and obtaining housing through a DCF/DMHAS subsidy
  • Assistance with furnishing home and other household needs
  • Utilities assistance
  • Assistance with applying for all eligible public assistance programs
  • Assistance with linkage to job training, GED courses, primary healthcare, and contact with children’s schools.

Examples of Issues We Address

  • Challenges involved with family reunification process and DCPP involvement
  • Advocacy in child welfare court
  • Transitional challenges related to being housed
  • Mental health and trauma related issues
  • Substance abuse issues


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