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Jay S. Levy has spent the last twenty-five years working with individuals who experience homelessness. His latest publication is Pretreatment Guide for Homeless Outreach & Housing First: Helping Couples, Youth, and Unaccompanied Adults. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed book Homeless Narratives & Pretreatment Pathways: From Words to Housing and has published several journal articles and a well received monograph on the subject. He has helped to develop new housing first programs such as the Regional Engagement and Assessment for Chronically Homeless Housing First program (REACH). This was adopted by the Western Massachusetts Regional Network as an innovative approach toward reducing chronic homelessness and has also been integrated into the Pioneer Valley's 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.
Jay received his MSW degree in clinical social work from Columbia University in 1987. He has achieved formal recognition from the Commonwealth of MA Department of Mental Health for his ongoing efforts to help under-served homeless individuals through his direct service, clinical supervision of staff, and program development. Jay is currently employed by Eliot CHS-Homeless Services as a Regional Manager for the statewide SAMHSA-PATH Homeless Outreach Program and Eliot's Western MA Housing First Program.
Jay lives in Western MA with his wife Louise and his two children, Talia and Sara. He is also an avid stargazer. If you have any questions or thoughts that you would like to share with Jay, please feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information is available at the following website: www.jayslevy.com
Jay Levy has written a straight forward, well informed treastise on a topic that cries out for new and innovative solutions. Jay makes it clear that there are no quick fixes to solving the homelessness problem. Whether you are a worker in the field, or citizen wanting to better understand the complexities of homelessness you will be the better for having read Jay's newest book.
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Homeless Outreach & Housing First is an excellent guide for those who want to get right to effective methods that can be used to treat the homeless. As someone who read Jay Levy's book, ,Homeless Narratives & Pretreatment Pathways: From Words to Housing which is wonderful, this guide is concise, gets right to the point and is the perfect resource.
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