Homeless, Not Helpless
After a decade of negotiations, the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center opened its doors on October 1, 2009. Built only a couple of hundred feet from a prison in Hackensack, New Jersey, the center is more than a shelter for the homeless and underprivileged; it is a symbol of hope and opportunity. Unlike most shelters that provide only a bed and a meal for the night, the BCHHHC is innovatively designed to be an all-inclusive location for individuals in need to go and get their lives back on track. The shelter offers medical care, advice on housing placement and assistance to take advantage of available services through various government and independent programs. This video won its creators a summer grant from AmericanPoverty.org to produce a multimedia project highlighting specific examples of how this shelter has helped lost individuals reintegrate into society and become active members of their community.
- Summer grant, americanpoverty.org