About The Author

 A full listing of Jay S. Levy’s publications and more than 80 citations of his published work are now available at google scholar 



Jay S. Levy has spent the last twenty-five years working with individuals who experience homelessness. He is the author of the newly published book Pretreatment Guide for Homeless Outreach & Housing First: Helping Couples, Youth, and Unaccompanied Adults, as well as the highly acclaimed book Homeless Narratives & Pretreatment Pathways: From Words to Housing. Jay has also published a monograph and several journal articles on Homelessness issues. He has helped to develop new Housing First programs such as the Regional Engagement and Assessment for Chronically Homeless Housing First program (REACH). This was adopted by the Western Massachusetts Regional Network as an innovative approach toward reducing chronic homelessness and has also been integrated into the Pioneer Valley’s 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.

Jay received his MSW degree in clinical social work from Columbia University in 1988. He has achieved formal recognition from the Commonwealth of MA Department of Mental Health for his ongoing efforts to help under-served homeless individuals through his direct service, clinical supervision of staff, and program development. Jay is currently employed by Eliot CHS-Homeless Services as a Regional Manager for the statewide SAMHSA-PATH Homeless Outreach Program and Eliot’s Western MA Housing First Program.

Jay lives in Western MA with his wife Louise and his two children, Talia and Sara. He is also an avid stargazer. If you have any questions or thoughts that you would like to share with Jay, you can e-mail him at jlevy@eliotchs.org

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Ways of Helping the Homeless – 2 Minute Video


3 thoughts on “About The Author”

  1. Jay….
    This is an important & relevant book.
    It takes us on a journey into “another” world.
    Keep up the remarkable work!

    Michael Westbay

  2. “I can not say enough positive things about Jay S. Levy as a clinical supervisor in the field of mental health. Jay’s work on “pretreatment” initiatives with the homeless population has been inspiring and extremely helpful to my work with hard to reach populations. Jay’s expertise in the field of mental health, engagement and treatment has greatly impacted my work as a clinician today and I was blessed to have had him as a supervisor and mentor. Jay’s work on “pretreatment” and engagement can be utilized in many clinical capacities. Jay’s passion to develop a consciousness in the mental health world- that everyone has the potential to change and heal is truly incredible.”

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