HABcore, Inc. provides permanent and supportive housing for homeless veterans, families and individuals with special needs. Currently they provide a safe home for 160 people including 26 families that were previously homeless. This year HABcore plans to expand to give 60 more people, including 15 additional families, a fresh start in a permanent home and hope for a brighter future. According to the 2015 Point in Time Count, there are 652 homeless households in Monmouth and Ocean counties including 367 children. For almost 30 years, HABcore has been on the front lines of this issue and has been expanding to meet the growing needs of the most vulnerable in our community. In 1988, HABcore started with just one boarding home in Red Bank that served 5 people. Today, HABcore has two boarding homes that serve 51 residents by giving them a safe family-like atmosphere, three nutritious meals a day, assistance with self-administered medication and supportive services. The boarding homes receive no government funding and are supported strictly through individual donations and special events. A year-long stay at one of HABcore’s boarding homes costs only $12,000. This is much less than the $200,000 price tag that falls on taxpayers to house an individual in the state hospital system. In 1992, HABcore implemented an independent living apartment program that allowed them to meet the needs of individuals and families that can live alone. These residents pay a portion of their income and receive supportive services such as instruction in job acquisition skills, computer skills, mentoring, budgeting, and basic life skills. Everyone in the HABcore program is encouraged to work, volunteer or attend a program to address their needs. The goal for all residents is that they have a safe place to call home where they can reach their highest potential. Homelessness is an ongoing issue in our community. Every day HABcore staff, trustees and volunteers work to restore stability, dignity and hope to the less fortunate, hoping to one day break the cycle of homelessness for future generations.