Real House Recovery Shines Ray of Hope on Homeless Female Veterans 
and Families in Essex County, NJ

Industry: Military

Shawn H. Jennings, CEO, and Wally Choice, COO, Real House Recovery, Inc. (“Real House”) of Montclair, NJ, lead a coalition of community-based organizations to address the chronic problem of homelessness among female veterans and their families living in Essex County, New Jersey. 

Essex County, New Jersey (PRUnderground) July 25th, 2017

The Veterans Achieving Stability through Training (VAST) project was funded for one year by the U.S. Department of Labor—Veterans Employment and Training Service, to help reduce the number of homeless female veterans (with or without families), and increase the number of these s/heroes achieving stability through training, job placement, and permanent housing.

The coalition charged with implementing this critically important project includes Essex County College (Newark), Isaiah House (East Orange), Bessie Mae Women and Family Health Clinic (East Orange), Urban Life Wellness and Counseling Center (East Orange), B.L.E.S.S.E.D. Ministries, Inc. (Newark), and EYES INC.

The VAST project is only one of two projects funded in the State of New Jersey to provide supportive services to veterans, and the only one funded to empower female veterans, and address chronic homelessness among this group. The successful $500,000 proposal was developed by EYES INC ( on behalf of Real House Recovery, Inc.

VAST will provide centralized access to a strong supportive network of comprehensive wrap-around services to encourage and enhance stability for no less than 80 female veterans, to include emergency housing assistance, permanent housing through HUD-VASH, case management, behavioral healthcare (individual/group/families), domestic violence, financial literacy, healthcare, health and wellness activities; career placement, supportive employment (Job Retention), transportation, legal services, access to childcare and child development services; linkage to VA Benefits, and more.

For Details, Contact:

Real House Recovery, Inc.
Mr. Shawn H. Jennings, CEO
Wally Choice, COO
Croix-Ronald Coppáge, VAST Administrator
Phone: 973.746.2400 | |

About Real House Recovery, Inc.

Since 2004, Real House, Inc. (RHI) has transformed the lives of over 3,000 women and men, through our emergency shelters, substance abuse treatment programs, halfway houses and sober living homes. In July 2017, the nonprofit arm of Real House, inc.—Real House Recovery, Inc. (RHR)— was launched, and since then, it has been making tremendous strides in providing the necessary supportive services to various populations throughout New Jersey, including veterans, victims of sexual assault (women, men, youth and LGBTQ), returning citizens, at-risk youths; and is currently partnered with Isaiah House of East Orange, providing intensive outpatient treatment services for its CCEP program, which serves pregnant and/or post-partum young women, with substance abuse disorders. In August 2019, Real House Inc. will open a 96-bed housing facility in Trenton, NJ, where many of the services available in Essex County will be made available in Mercer County, NJ.

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