Vantage Health System owns and operates a continuum of residential services serving individuals with mental illness, many of whom were homeless.
We provide the property management, operations and clinical support services to eighty–two individuals living in two long term, two transitional, and thirteen permanent supported housing residences located in towns across Bergen County.
In addition, through our Mobile Outreach Team, Vantage provides in home services to over 50 individuals who reside in the community in their own apartments. Staff assists clients with obtaining rental assistance, apartment search and set up, Personal Care Services, and links to appropriate Vantage and/or community services. Residential staff is trained as Personal Care Assistants to assist clients in learning and maintaining daily living skills including medication adherence.
Our residential services encompass the following programs:
The DACKKs Group for Supportive Housing Development, Inc. was established in October 2000 and received status as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation in January 2001. The DACKKs Group took its name from the initials of the founding members reflecting a personal friendship begun many years ago that eventually grew to include a professional partnership. Over an eleven-year period, as joint rental property owners of several condominium units, the group developed a working relationship in managing properties and interacting with tenants that drew on each of their personal talents and professional skills. In their combined seventy-five years of experience as both homeowners and landlords, they became familiar with the processes of buying and selling property, new construction, renovation, landscaping and maintenance. The DACKKs Group housed thirty-four adults and children in twelve properties during the last decade. Those who have moved out of DACKKs Group housing have done so to obtain other housing of their choice.
Although the DACKKs Group itself provided no direct support services, such services were integral to the success of the tenants. DACKKs worked collaboratively with area social service agencies to identify prospective tenants, individuals who were able to live independently with some support. Vantage was one of those support service organizations and a relationship developed, eventually leading to the merger.
For 13 years The DACKKs Group purchased, managed and maintained safe, decent and affordable housing to rent to people who were homeless, many with special needs.
The DACKKs Board of Directors had established a goal of acquiring at least one new housing unit for each of their years in operation, a goal they met. Funding for acquisition of the homes was provided through a federal HUD grant, Bergen County HOME dollars, a New Jersey Housing Mortgage Finance Agency Special Needs Initiative grant, and donations to the DACKKs Group. Operating funds were secured by the federal Shelter Plus Care program, the State Rental Assistance Program, New Jersey Special Initiatives Grant, the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Affordable Housing Program, Bergen County Community Development Block Grant, tenant rents and donations to the DACKKs Group.
The DACKKs Group was named “Organization of the Year” for Outstanding Community Service in December 2009 by the Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce.
On March 1, 2015 Vantage took over the operations of all DACKKs’ 9 properties, continuing to provide tenants not only the service DACKKs provided but enhanced services given our larger professional staff and service lines.
Vantage, like DACKKs, believes that everyone deserves a safe, decent, affordable place to live regardless of their income and believe that by coming together, our ability to provide a “ leg up”, not a “ handout” to people in need will not only continue but become even stronger.
Karen E. Amy, former Executive Director of DACKKs, is now an Emeritus Trustee with Vantage.
Vantage Health System’s Opening Doors program* is available to eligible Bergen County homeless families with children under the age of 18. The adult must have a documented disability diagnosis (e.g. mental health, substance abuse) and meet the HUD homelessness definition and income levels. For these purposes, homelessness does NOT include couch surfing but true documented homelessness (i.e. a shelter (homeless or domestic violence) sleeping on the street, etc.)
The purpose of the program is to stabilize the living situation of these families and to increase the school performance of children. Vantage will:
- assess families for eligibility and assist then families with locating appropriate permanent affordable housing,
- provide office and in home counseling and support services, and
- work with, and refer to, other appropriate Bergen County organizations to help these families achieve success, including employment training programs
- work with school systems to stabilize the children
For information or referral, please contact:
Karl Roman, Manager
201-567-0500 x 3213
*This program is primarily funded through a competitive grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Vantage Health System, Inc. (VHS) is a Non Profit 501 (c) 3 developer of permanent housing for special needs individuals. Our most recent development is a 16 efficiency unit permanent supportive housing apartment building in Closter, NJ for adults with a mental illness, half of whom were homeless. We are especially proud of this endeavor as the building is GOLD LEED certified, meeting rigid energy saving and Green Housing standards. The project has received awards from the US Green Building Council, the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey and the Governor’s Excellence in Housing Development Award.
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Vantage also offers assistance to municipalities to achieve their fair share plan, and it can do projects in a turn-key manner.
Development services we can offer:
- Conceptual development
- Site identification
- Project financing;
- Construction project management
- Working knowledge of COAH’s procedure and policies
- Property management
- Supportive services
For information on housing development services, please contact David Griffith at 201-567-0500 x 3259 or firstname.lastname@example.org