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.
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.
This book (HNPP) is recommended by the following organizations:
- Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance
- Western MA Regional Network to End Homelessness
- Health Care for the Homeless – Boston
- National Coalition for the Homeless
- National Alliance to End Homelessness
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.”
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