Homeless Outreach Support Team (HOST) – Union County

Bridgeway’s HOST program will serve homeless individuals of all ages living with serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance and/or co-occurring substance use disorders. We will prioritize the enrollment of transition age youth, ages 16-24, as well as those with co-occurring substance use disorders. The HOST program provides accessible, effective, coordinated, integrated and evidence-based treatment services, peer support and other recovery support services and linkages to sustainable permanent housing to individuals. HOST counselors work to achieve holistic outcomes related to health, behavioral health, housing stability and wellness for individuals served.

HOST services include

  • Your e-Host Connection is designed to interactively guide you by providing useful information via text messages and online chat, allowing your case manager to answer your questions and offering you help and support when you need it most.

  • Hands-on assistance with finding both temporary and permanent housing.

  • Linkages to mental health, housing co-occurring (substance abuse) service, medical, legal, education, career development, transportation and social services.

  • Providing illness management and recovery, crisis intervention and coordinating and managing services.

  • Assistance with obtaining public assistance and/or social security benefits, if desired.

  • Individualized recovery plan to assist with reaching goals.

  • Support in living in the community.

  • Assistance with daily living skills, including budgeting, personal hygiene, housekeeping and medication education.

  • Transportation to initial appointments, or when necessary.

General Hours

The HOST services are open seven days a week, 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, and are on call after hours.

Bridgeway’s HOST program is located at 70 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, as a HOST Hub where homeless individuals in our target population, including TAY and individuals with COD, can drop in to make use of resources and/or receive care management.