Description & History

Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation (GSECDC) is a non-sectarian, community-based non-profit 501(c)(3) agency with 30 years’ experience providing supportive and affordable housing and social services in Hudson County.   The agency mission is to create healthy neighborhoods through neighborhood development initiatives that cultivate the resources of residents, businesses, government, service providers and the faith-based community, to serve those most vulnerable in our society.

On a daily basis, hundreds of low-income individuals and families throughout Hudson County face the risk or reality of homelessness.  GSECDC believes that access to permanent, safe, affordable housing is the first and most important step to ending homelessness.  The second step is providing targeted, effective supportive services.  We respond to the diverse needs of individuals and families who are homeless, under-housed, or undergoing housing crises. 

Our Division of Supportive Housing and Social Services operates via intake, comprehensive assessment, case management and a safe space drop-in center.  We also provide supportive housing and case management to individuals living with mental illness and those living with HIV.  Our Division of Housing and Community Development creates affordable housing opportunities through new construction as well as rehabilitation, to serve low-income renters and First-Time Middle-Income Homebuyers.  


Our Hudson CASA Coordinated Entry program (HCCEP) offers Centralized, Streamlined Access to Homelessness Services.  The essence of the GSECDC Hudson CASA Coordinated Entry program (HCCEP) is a welcoming, open door, through which we are ready to serve the neediest and most vulnerable in our community and help them move forward in their lives, toward safe and stable homes.  HCCEP is a first step for individuals and families in Hudson County experiencing or facing homelessness, and provides centralized, focused access to Homelessness Services, for Homeless Individuals and Families throughout Hudson County.  Services include comprehensive Intake and Assessment, as well as linkages to Case Management, Housing and Supportive Services.  


Homeless Individuals and Families from Hudson County are encouraged to contact the Hudson CASA Coordinated Entry Program (HCCEP), in order to facilitate access to services, and avoid a frustrating search from agency to agency, in pursuit search of each needed service.  HCCEP is a centralized, welcoming portal through which Homeless Individuals and Families from throughout the County can be directly linked with services.


After a brief PreScreen, homeless callers and visitors are linked to a Case Manager for a com-prehensive intake and assessment. Consumers’ needs and vulnerabilities are thoroughly assessed, starting with emergent shelter need.  They are screened for eligibility for the housing and other service options potentially available in this agency and throughout the Community.  The Case Manager works to link the consumers with the most appropriate housing and services available, and provides ongoing case management until they achieve housing stability.


Other programs include the following:

The Hudson CASA Drop-In Center is a very low-threshold program, as accessible as possible, and a welcoming safe space for the homeless.  We provide assistance with home finding, em-ployment counseling, recovery support, use of computers and phones, snacks, coffee, water, juice and restrooms.  Medical assessments are available on-site from a Nurse each week.


Corpus Christi Ministries Housing (CCMH) provides permanent supportive housing and compre-hensive case management services to homeless individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.


DMHAS Residential Intensive Support Team program (RIST) provides permanent supportive housing and services to consumers living with serious mental illness, in order to promote wellness and recovery.


About the organization

Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation

Joanne Smith
Case Management Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator
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