The UWHC Community Impact Model is designed to address social service issues. Using non-profit partners, UWHC provides funding for services targeted toward these areas of concentration. In this way, UWHC increases the capacity of the community to achieve a greater result.
The UWHC collaborative serves our brothers and sisters who are in need due to a disability. UWHC provides services through organizations such as United Cerebral Palsy, Sampson Baber Foundation for Autism, ARC of Hudson County and the Bayonne Community Mental Health agency.
The NJ Department of Children and Families served 623 children in 2010. Currently, 40% of these children will be homeless as an adult. UWHC provides services in this area through organizations such as Urban Angels, Growing Tree Day Care, Salvation Army Day Care, Hudson Cradle Group Home, North Hudson Community Action Corporation and the Hudson County Child Abuse Prevention agency.
The astounding demographics, concerning inner city test scores and dropout rates, illustrate the monumental need for services in our community. With this initiative, UWHC provides services through organizations such as Partnership for a Drug Free NJ, St. Francis Academy, Verea Foundation, JC Joint Activities Committee, St. Peter's University Symposium, St. Anthony Mentoring Program and Rotary International.
In response to community priorities, UWHC has evolved into a recognized community leader in the efforts to increase affordable housing opportunities for homeless persons in Hudson County. UWHC's affordable housing initiatives include operating direct housing programs, leadership in community collaborations, advocacy, information services and mobilization of government and corporate funding resources. United Way provides services through organizations such as St. Lucy Shelter, PERC Shelter, Hoboken Shelter, Massh, Monarch Housing, Corporation for Supportive Housing, House of Faith, Dress for Success and Rebuild Together Jersey City.
SUPPORTIVE HOUSING Program: UWHC directly operates the US Department of Housing and Urban Development Housing First/Collaborative Solutions Program, the first-ever awarded in Hudson County. The Program has provided permanent, affordable and supportive scattered-site housing for 26 homeless households since 2006. The goal of the program is to help participants obtain and remain in permanent housing, increase their skills and income and achieve greater self-determination. UWHC locates suitable apartments throughout the community for program participants and provides rental subsidies, case management and supportive service to help stabilize their housing situation. UWHC SHP program has increased to add an additional three grants that will place individuals and families in permanent housing.
211: Information and Referral Phone System: 211 creates one easy access point to the health, human services, community resources and government assistance people need every day, as well as in times of crisis. United Way provided this information and referral service for Hudson County 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round, in any language.
FEMA Program: The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program was created in 1983 to supplement the work of local social service organizations within the United States, both private and governmental, to help people in need of emergency assistance. This collaborative effort between the private and public sectors has provided over $3.7 billion in Federal funds during its 28-year history.
VITA Program: UWHC provides space to AARP and VITA-Hopes every Tax season who provides income tax assistance to low income households, many of whom were homeless, bringing Earned Income Tax Credit dollars into the community. For more information, please visit their respective sites.
EMERGENCY SHELTER SYSTEM: The Hudson County Emergency Shelter System is organized by Hudson County officials. The shelter provides a place for homeless individuals and families to go in the event of a winter weather emergency.
UNITED WAY RECYCLE: United We-Cycle provides an efficient, responsive and reliable recycling pick-up service in Greater Jersey City and New York City. Clothes, fabrics, towels, bedding, shoes and e-waste will be collected and recycled, and the funds will be used to pay for our many programs.
CHRISTMAS GIFT DRIVE: UWHC gathers gifts for the children under the care of the state of NJ.
DICTIONARY PROJECT: UWHC, in a partnership with the JC Rotary, distributed a dictionary to every 3rd grade child in the Jersey City Public Schools.
ADOPTION DAY: UWHC co-sponsors the county's annual adoption day event.
DELOITTE IMPACT DAY NON-PROFIT SUMMIT: Deloitte Professionals provided seminars to help organizations leverage the private sector and government initiatives to advance their fund raising objectives. UWHC continues to work with Deloitte to facilitate skill based volunteer opportunities and funding in Hudson County throughout the state of New Jersey.