Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-2024


This paper outlines a consistent issue with Paterson City’s communication across departments, resulting in a lack of accessible data at multiple levels and a reduced knowledge among social workers and program coordinators. These citywide issues have contributed to a culture of confusion. The city of Paterson is improperly pursuing the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s “Housing First” approach, resulting in a relative lack of housing programs - constituting a matter of long-term concern for the city.

Published Citation

Building Capacity and Agency in Emergency Shelters in Paterson, NJ POLS 324 White Paper No. 2 Montclair State University Spring 2024