Jay S. Levy, LH Press Author& Homeless Advocate, will donate 100% of his book profits to the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) from 11/27/2012 – 12/31/2012. Afterwards, He will continue to donate at least 15% of book profits to NCH. Thus far $1054.59 has been given to a national (U.S.) charity that supports the goal and ideal of ending homelessness. Please see Donations page for more details ~ Next donation will be on 2/15/2013!
About the Author
Jay S. Levy has spent the last twenty-three years working with individuals who experience homelessness. Jay received his MSW degree in clinical social work from Columbia University in 1988. 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. 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.
The highly acclaimed book Homeless Narratives & Pretreatment Pathways: From Words to Housing is based on Mr. Levy’s many years of doing outreach counseling, advocacy, and developing housing alternatives for chronically homeless individuals throughout NYC, Boston, and Western MA. Stories of survival, meaning making and overcoming are shared along with an approach for helping those who are most in need.
Homeless Outreach & Housing First: Lessons Learned by Jay S. Levy is an innovative and timely educational resource. This monograph (educational booklet) features three written works on homelessness inclusive of an article on moral, fiscal, and quality of life considerations, a new story entitled “Ronald’s Narrative: The Original Housing First”, and an interview that was originally featured in Recovering The Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing. These three documents provide a rich and fertile resource for learning, reflecting, and informing needed action that promotes high quality outreach services and housing stabilization for the most vulnerable among us.