Homeless Outreach and Housing First



New Publication
Homeless Outreach & Housing First: Lessons Learned  by Jay S. Levy is an innovative and timely educational resource.  This monograph (educational booklet) features three written works on homelessness inclusive of an article on moral, fiscal, and quality of life considerations, a new story entitled “Ronald’s Narrative: The Original Housing First”, and an interview that was originally featured in Recovering The Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing. These three documents provide a rich and fertile resource for learning, reflecting, and informing needed action that promotes high quality outreach services and housing stabilization for the most vulnerable among us.


Homeless Outreach & Housing First (Kindle, Nook, and paperback versions) can be purchased here, as well as at Amazon and Barnes & Noble Websites.

The highly acclaimed book Homeless Narratives & Pretreatment Pathways: From Words to Housing is based on my many years of doing outreach counseling, advocacy, and developing housing alternatives for chronically homeless individuals throughout NYC, Boston, and Western MA.  Stories of survival, meaning making and overcoming are shared along with an approach for helping those who are most in need.


E-book, paperback, and hardcover versions are available here, as well as online via Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and many other outlets.

This book (HNPP) is recommended by the following organizations:

ForeWord Digital Review
“Given the enormous and increasing budget cuts facing these historically tax-supported programs, this epidemic of homelessness forces us to care for one another in creative ways that are unprecedented in recent memory. For this pressing reason, Levy’s book presents a pretreatment model for action that is becoming necessary reading as narrative for improving policy, supervision, and outreach counseling services for the most vulnerable among us.”

-Pamela Harris Kaiser – ForeWord Review of Homeless Narratives & Pretreatment Pathways

I’d like to thank my publisher, Loving Healing Press, for their expertise, support, and feedback.  Their website provides an array of interesting titles that include books on trauma, effective brief therapies, and real life stories at www.LHPress.com


4 thoughts on “Homeless Outreach and Housing First”

  1. This is one of the most healing books ever! The issue it takes for discussion is so crucially important and so thought-provoking that every caring human, and particularly those interested in humanitarian assistance, must read it and get a copy for their shelf to be used as reference. This book is an achievement. Great work Jay!

  2. I enjoyed reading Jay S. Levy’s interview on Helping the Homeless via the RTS Journal by Ernest Dempsey.
    His excerpt enhanced awareness of complexities and categories of the
    homeless, highlighting difficulties to provide adequate, recovery programs.
    The interview was for me a profound reminder to pursue our social
    responsibilities, challenging the broader mindset as experienced in;
    Butch’s Narrative: The Meaning of Loss Jay S. Levy and his new book
    Homeless Narrative & Pretreatment Pathway’s. The excerpt portrayed a man’s
    hunger, to feel dignified, while living in harmony with Mother Nature. I was
    touched. Thus, sharing the persona of one man’s loss is another’s gained

  3. Fascinating interview with Dr. Alan Chartock of WAMC in which, Jay Levy, MSW, LICSW drawing upon his twenty plus years of experience working with homeless individuals, provides a clear and compelling window in on the many faces of homelessness and the the challenges faced by outreach workers attempting to engage this hard to reach population. The listener is provided with a riveting first hand account of how the author, with great compassion and skill, works with two homeless individuals, Old Man Ray and Andrew, to gain their trust enabling them to accept much needed services.

  4. Greetings! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a collection of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done a wonderful job!

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