The SHAre:

August 24, 2023

Volume: 254

1 Day Left for Award Nominations

In this Week's Edition


Funding Opportunity

NJ DCA Homelessness Diversion

Pilot Program – FY24


HUD Worst Case Housing Needs:

2023 Report to Congress - Executive Summary


National Leased Housing Association (NLHA)

Seeks Input with Survey on Increased

Cost of Property Insurance Market


Gov. Murphy Signs Bill Ensuring

Households SNAP Benefits for

Maximum Time Allowed Before Reapplying


NJ Makes Community Solar Program Permanent With Savings for Low-

and Moderate-Income Households


DDD Updates

Readoption with Amendments Announced


Withum Offers Introduction to Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) Standards and Frameworks


The Network Now Accepting

Pre-Applications for Jumpstart Program


Plus available housing and waitlists below

Resources & Events

Webinar Correction:

FY 2023 CoC Competition Webinar

August 25, 2023 – 2:30 PM EDT


HHRC Free Online Course

Trauma-Informed Outreach and Engagement


Register Ready – New Jersey’s

Special Needs Registry for Disasters

August 29, 2023


Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services

Open House

September 6, 2023



Understanding the Community Care Program Waiting List

September 8, 2023


Foothold Technology Webinar

Beyond EHR Acquisition:

Preparing for the Journey Ahead

September 19, 2023


2023 Virtual Opioid Summit

Revitalizing Communities:

Healing Together from the Opioid Crisis.

September 20, 2023


NJHMFA 2023 Fall Tax Credit

Certification Course and Exam

October 24-27, 2023


DCM Institute for Nonprofit Board

Executive Leadership

Fall 2023 Certificate Program

September - December 2023

Save the Date!

25th Annual Supportive

Housing Conference


November 3, 2023


The Palace at Somerset Park 


Next SHA

Developers Meeting

September 11, 2023



Next SHA

Members Meeting

October 4, 2023

In Person


NJ Governors Conference

September 28-29 2023

Registration Now Open


Monarch Housing Associates Conference

October 3, 2023

Somerset, NJ

Registration Open


Under One Roof 2023

October 20, 2023

New Brunswick

Registration Open


 Community Health

Law Project’s

35th Annual Ann Klein Advocate Awards

October 26, 2023 

West Orange, NJ

Save the Date!


Housing Available


Apply By August 28th


Apply by August 29th


Apply By August 30th

Fair Lawn

Apply by September 2nd

Roselle Park

Apply by September 14th


Apply by September 26th


Apply by September 28th

14 Supportive Housing Units in Morristown

Apply Today!

Four Housing Opportunities for Individuals with I/DD

Little Ferry | Linden | Edison | Bound Brook

Apply Today!

Thank you to all our Conference Sponsors!

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Groundbreaker Event Sponsor

Keynote Sponsor

Boost Your Organization As A Sponsor / Exhibitor

Conference Sponsors

Conference Exhibitors

Make the most of your support and sharing your organization with attendees through various levels of sponsorship. Review our form and choose a sponsor level to start sharing your logo, information, and content with our attendees.

Do you have a product or service to share with our attendees? Get a space in our exhibit hall while they last and meet attendees who want to learn more about your story. Connect and network with a diverse community across the state who join us for this annual event.

Remember: Premier Level Sponsors (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) will also receive a year of membership with the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey

Nominate Excellence in Supportive Housing

Nominations due Friday, August 25, 2023.

Help nominate projects that represent achievements of excellence for supportive housing development projects.

Project of the Year

Nomination Form

Help nominate municipalities working on the front lines to enhance lives with local supportive housing opportunities.

Municipal Award

Nomination Form

Celebrate programs or people who innovate and lead advances within New Jersey's communities.

Innovation Award

Nomination Form

Honor the people on the front lines who go the extra mile to enhance lives and housing access across New Jersey.

Housing Hero

Nomination Form

SHA Member Shout Outs

SHA celebrates our member, The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) on joining Climate United, a partnership between three national nonprofit organizations, Calvert Impact, CPC, and Self-Help, to support the implementation of the U.S. EPA's National Clean Investment Fund (NCIF). This opportunity will deliver the benefits of clean technologies to all Americans, particularly low-income and disadvantaged communities.

SHA Welcomes New & Returning

Members In 2023

Bands Consulting LLC

Dimension Renewable Energy

Giant Development

& Contracting


Handy Pro of Central NJ

Helping Hands

Support Services Inc.

Housing Authority

Of Gloucester County

iStrive Community

Mobility Construction

Nonprofit Finance Fund


Rappaport Development

St Peter's Residence

TaUrt's Village

TD Bank

Woods Services

Become a SHA Member and get access to great meetings and many other great member benefits. Need more information? Email Joseph Christensen with your questions.

Funding Opportunity

NJ DCA Homelessness Diversion Pilot Program – FY24

The Office of Homelessness Prevention (OHP) is pleased to invite agencies that have at least three (3) years of experience successfully administering and operating homelessness prevention, street outreach, homelessness diversion, and/or rapid re-housing programs in the state to apply for funding opportunities through the Homelessness Diversion Pilot Program – FY24.


TA Sessions


Technical Assistance webinars will be held through Teams on the following dates:

  • TA Session 1: 9/15/2023 - 10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • TA Session 2: 9/20/2023 - 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm


To sign up for one of the mandatory TA sessions to learn more about this funding opportunity, please click here.


The funding will be awarded on a competitive basis, and all applications must be submitted through DCA SAGE. To be eligible, agencies must provide services to the entirety of a County and/or Region and have a physical presence in a County/Region to provide in-person services.


If your nonprofit agency is interested in applying for this funding opportunity, but would like to learn more, please visit our TA session sign-up form via this link.


The application deadline is 9/29/2023, and we encourage all interested agencies to submit their applications as soon as possible. Please forward this opportunity to any and all community partners whose mission and operations align with the intent of this funding.


If you have any questions about the funding opportunity or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Michael Callahan at, OHP’s Programs Lead, Tina McGill, at , or Yakini Blandford, OHP Programs – Incubator Section, at

HUD Worst Case Housing Needs:

2023 Report to Congress - Executive Summary

Worst case need is a long-standing measure of the extent of unmet needs for affordable rental housing of adequate quality. This Executive Summary highlights the findings of the forthcoming Worst Case Housing Needs: 2023 Report to Congress. As noted in the Executive Summary, the Worst Case Housing Needs: 2023 Report to Congress primarily draws on data from the 2021 American Housing Survey (AHS). The report finds that, since 2019, worst case housing needs increased across demographic groups, household types, and regions throughout the United States.

The unmet need for decent, safe, and affordable rental housing continued to outpace income growth and the ability of federal, state, and local governments to supply housing assistance and facilitate affordable housing production. As a result, the number of very low-income families with worst case housing needs in 2021 exceeded previous record levels resulting from the Great Recession of 2007–2009.

While this latest update marks the highest number of households since HUD started estimating the worst case needs in 1978, a recent article suggests that pandemic-era federal interventions – including the Emergency Rental Assistance program, eviction moratoria, and enhanced unemployment insurance – prevented a potential surge in evictions and housing instability and temporarily reduced homelessness during the height of the pandemic. The article, published in the HUD’s PD&R Edge magazine, points out that despite these outcomes, the number of people experiencing homelessness for the first time was nearly 30% higher in FY22 than in FY20 due to the expiration or depletion of pandemic-related aid and rising housing costs.

With the release of the 2023 report expected soon, the most recent full report was published in 2021.

National Leased Housing Association (NLHA)

Seeks Input with Survey on Increased

Cost of Property Insurance Market

The National Leased Housing Association (NLHA) is circulating a survey for affordable multifamily rental property owners to help identify a strategy to address current challenges in the property insurance market. The NLHA, which is a national organization representing all major private and public participants in the affordable multifamily rental housing industry, intends to use the data from this survey to inform policy makers about the property insurance related difficulties that affordable housing providers are experiencing, such as increased insurance premiums and lack of provider availability. Survey participation is requested from owners with properties that include units funded through programs such as Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance and Project-Based Voucher programs (including through the Rental Assistance Demonstration); the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) and other tax credit programs; Section 202 or Section 811 programs; and the HOME Investment Partnerships program. Owners of unsubsidized affordable housing are also welcome to respond. Please respond to the survey by September 15, 2023.

Gov. Murphy Signs Bill Ensuring Households SNAP Benefits for Maximum Time Allowed Before Reapplying

TRENTON – To help combat food insecurity in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill (A-1715/S-1713) to ensure every household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits is able to receive those benefits for the longest allowable period of time before needing to apply for recertification.

New Jersey is already a leader in advancing food security and improving access to NJ SNAP, including allowing the longest recertification periods permitted under federal rules. Under this new law, New Jersey is making these certification periods permanent so that NJ SNAP enrollees are able to maintain their benefits for no less than 12 months or a period of no less than 24 months for households in which every adult is elderly and/or disabled – the maximum amount of time permitted under federal regulations.

The Commissioner will apply for any federal waivers or approvals and adopt any rules and regulations necessary to implement the new law. Exceptions will be permitted for situations in which shorter certification periods are necessary for other programs or for the expedited issuance of initial benefits.

SNAP enrollees will only have to complete the interim report mid-way through their certification period to update their information and/or report any changes. These mid-way checks help make sure the department has the most up-to-date household information to ensure families receive the maximum benefit for which they are eligible.

NJ Makes Community Solar Program Permanent With Savings for Low- and Moderate-Income Households

The New Jersey program that allows renters and other residents to connect to community solar panels to save money on their utility bills has been made permanent. SHA applauds this news along with our members Solar Landscape and Dimension Renewable Energy who have been integral in building up New Jersey's solar inifrastructure during the pilot period of this program.

The Community Solar Program has provided solar energy – and at least a 15% discount on utility costs – to more than 6,000 households since it began in 2018. The program aims to expand solar energy access to low- and moderate-income households. A community solar project is a collection of solar panels whose output is divided among multiple households. These households receive credits on their utility bills for participating in the project, according to the New Jersey Clean Energy Program. The households are not directly connected to the solar panels, because they often are located down the road, across town or elsewhere in the state. 

The Board of Public Utilities has approved 150 projects, totaling 243 megawatts of power, over the last five years. Twenty-nine of those projects, using 50 megawatts of power, have been fully constructed. Another 97 projects are expected to be completed within the next several months. 

Renters, people who do not have control over their roofs, people living in multi-family properties or who cannot afford solar panels can check to see what projects are available in their zip codes using this searchable toolResidents who are having issues with their community solar subscriptions can contact the Board of Public Utilities with their complaints. 

The Board of Public Utilities will open applications for new community solar projects in November and June. New projects will be included in all four of the state's major utility service territories and will be able to enroll about 30,000 households.

DDD Updates

Readoption with Amendments Announced

A Notice of Readoption with Amendments of N.J.A.C. 10:48A, Background Checks and Repeal and New Rule for N.J.A.C. 10:48A-3.7, was published on the New Jersey Department of Human Services Rule Adoptions page on August 21, 2023. 

Withum Offers Introduction to Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) Standards and Frameworks 

Reporting on Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) can often seem overwhelming due to the multitude of acronyms, surveys, standards, and ratings, coupled with changing ESG criteria. The area of ESG reporting is rapidly developing, and many standards and regulations are yet to be established.

To facilitate your journey toward effective ESG reporting, Withum has provided a succinct summary of the main takeaways, trends, and best practices concerning ESG reporting frameworks. 

The Network Now Accepting

Pre-Applications for Jumpstart Program

The Housing and Community Development Network of NJ (the Network), with the support of NJ’s Department of Community Affairs (DCA), announced the launch of a new program providing comprehensive training and certification for quality affordable housing production. Available to nonprofit community developers with a focus on Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) developers, the Jumpstart Program focuses on homeownership development to help close NJ’s racial wealth gap.

Supported by the NJ Affordable Housing Trust Fund, the Jumpstart Program is a multiyear program that will be available to organizations, including those that have faced financial hardship and wish to grow or reestablish their development programs. Utilizing experts in the field to serve as trainers and consultants, program participants will receive comprehensive training, stepping through all phases of the development process including planning, acquisition, financing, project management and more. Participants will also learn about developing a business plan, marketing tools, community outreach, and preparation of potential homeowners through housing counseling. Rhonda Coe, of R.B. Coe Consulting LLC, will lead the initiative.

Resources & Virtual Forums

Webinar Correction:

FY 2023 CoC Competition Webinar

August 25, 2023 – 2:30 PM EDT

On July 5, 2023, HUD published the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition and the renewal or replacement of Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) grants on

On August 7, 2023, HUD issued an update to section I.B.2.n(3)(a) on page 31 of the NOFO to emphasize that renewing Permanent Supportive Housing (PH-PSH) projects must continue to serve the same population of individuals or families as specified in the expiring grant application. Renewing PSH projects may also change the classification of their project to DedicatedPLUS on screen 3C of the renewal project application. DedicatedPLUS projects may serve persons eligible as described in section I.B.2.b.(7) of the NOFO.

HUD is hosting a webinar on August 25, 2023, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm EDT. The webinar will highlight various parts of the CoC Program Competition process, including the funding tiers, CoC Application, and Project Application. It will also discuss best practices for completing the process and how applicants should approach their responses.

Participants do not need to register in advance. It is strongly recommended that participants join the webinar five minutes prior to the start time. To join the webinar, simply access the login page at the link below.

Click here to join the Webinar

The webinar will be capped at 3,000 attendees; however, a recording of the webinar along with the transcript will be posted to HUD’s CoC Program Competition page on

HHRC Free Online Course

Trauma-Informed Outreach and Engagement

This course is free to the public and provides foundational information about trauma-informed outreach and engagement strategies, approaches, and service delivery models. This will focus on ways to support individuals who have serious mental illness, substance use disorders, or co-occurring disorders.

Key Topics in the Course:

  • Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care
  • Homeless Outreach Best Practices
  • Engagement with People Experiencing Homelessness
  • Addressing Unsheltered Homelessness and Behavioral Health

This course has been accredited for 3.0 continuing education units (CEUs) by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

HHRC does not charge any fees for the training or CEUs. 

Click here to access this free course.

Register Ready – New Jersey’s

Special Needs Registry for Disasters

Tuesday, August 29th | 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

“Register Ready – New Jersey’s Special Needs Registry for Disasters” allows New Jersey residents with disabilities or access and functional needs and their families, friends, caregivers and associates an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency.


The information collected here is confidential and will not be available to the public. The information will be held securely and only used for emergency response and planning.


See the information below on how to register for this free virtual training on how to use NJ Register Ready.


Microsoft Teams meeting

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Phone Conference ID: 100 102 09#

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Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services Open House

Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services, will host an Open House on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, from 2-4 PM at 615 North Broad Street, Elizabeth, NJ.

The Open House will feature Bridgeway’s Crisis Intervention and Homeless Outreach programs.

Bridgeway provides outreach, support, and case management services to Union County residents who are homeless, or are at risk of becoming homeless and who are experiencing the symptoms of a mental health condition.

Bridgeway Crisis Intervention Services (BCIS) is an urgent care center providing crisis intervention and support to Union County residents aged 18 and older who are experiencing a mental health crisis or a worsening of a pre-existing mental health disorder. The goal is to help people in crisis gain control of their symptoms and remain in the community as an alternative to going to the emergency room.


Understanding the Community Care Program Waiting List

Understanding the Community Care Program Waiting List

Friday, September 8, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Register for Understanding the Community Care Program Waiting List


The Division of Developmental Disabilities Waiting List and Special Projects Unit will present Understanding the Community Care Program (CCP) Waiting List, a live webinar discussion, including Q&A, about what it means to be on the priority waiting list; what it means when your name is reached on that list; and things you can do to prepare while you are waiting. This webinar is open to anyone and may be of special interest to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, support coordinators, service providers, and advocates.

Foothold Technology Webinar

Beyond EHR Acquisition: Preparing for the Journey Ahead

Tuesday, Sept 19, 2023 | 1PM EST

After successfully acquiring an EHR and case management system, the implementation phase can present considerable challenges. Join us to hear from providers who have effectively launched their systems. They will discuss their experiences, covering the hurdles they faced, the accomplishments they achieved, and invaluable change management strategies. The goal is to equip other providers in the market with the necessary knowledge to successfully implement an EHR and overcome any obstacles in their implementation journey.

What You’ll Learn

  • Gain insights into the common hurdles faced during the implementation phase and learn effective strategies to overcome them
  • Discover the key accomplishments and best practices that led to successful EHR adoption
  • Learn invaluable change management techniques and tips from providers who have effectively managed the transition to EHR systems, enabling you to better prepare and support your organization in this transformative process.

Click here to register for the Foothold Technology Webinar

2023 Virtual Opioid Summit

Revitalizing Communities:

Healing Together from the Opioid Crisis.

 Wednesday, September 20, 2023

On behalf of the Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, you are invited to register for the 2023 Virtual Opioid Summit – Revitalizing Communities: Healing Together from the Opioid Crisis. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2023. The Summit will present current research and evidence-based best practices through keynote speakers, panels and workshops. Topics to be covered include Opioid Use Disorder and stigma, fentanyl and xylazine, harm reduction, grief supports, OUD in the LGBTQIA+ community, and more!


Continuing Education Credits will be available for some licenses/certifications.


Please click here to register for the virtual summit

NJHMFA 2023 Fall Tax Credit Certification Course and Exam

Save the Date! | October 24-27, 2023

New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency is pleased to sponsor a four-day Tax Credit Certification Course and Exam to be held October 24-27, 2023 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Hamilton, NJ.

Attendance is strongly suggested for those who are new to the Tax Credit Program and need to meet the Tax Credit Certification requirement per the QAP.

Event Details

  • Course Dates: October 24th, 25th & 26th (9am to 4pm each day)

  • HCCP Exam/Retake Date: October 27th (9am to 2pm)

  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn - Hamilton, 800 US Highway 130, Hamilton, NJ 08691

Event Fees

  • Tax Credit Certification Course Only: $545

  • Tax Credit Certification Course & HCCP Exam: $725

  • Tax Credit Certification Course & HCCP Exam Retake: $645

Online registration and more

information to follow soon.

DCM Institute for Nonprofit Board Executive Leadership

Fall 2023 Certificate Program

The DCM Institute for Nonprofit Board Executive Leadership certificate program is intended for current CEOs/executive directors, executive leadership team members, and those emerging leaders who hope to become executive leaders in the future. This program includes seven courses over three months taught virtually by nationally recognized nonprofit leadership executives, coaches, authors, and search consultants.


Session Topics:


September 7th

Think Before You Speak/Act

Instructor: Dr. Terrence F. Cahill


September 21st

Transformational Leadership Competencies

Needed by Today's & Tomorrow's Leaders

Instructor: Dr. Yvonne Styles


October 5th

Finding Your North Star:

Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Teams

Instructor: Gregory Nielsen


October 19th

Ambassador Excellence:

Fresh Perspectives on Friendraising for Nonprofit Leaders

Instructor: Jay Weisman


November 2nd

Touchstones of Leadership: Examine How Being Mission-Based, Client-Oriented, Talent Driven, Inclusive, and Strategic Provides Effective Leadership

Instructor: Joe Costa


November 16th

Building a Healthy Culture and Organization: How Culture Impacts Every Aspect of an Organization

Instructor: Michael Shriver


December 7th

Learning From Adversity

Instructor: Dr. Jim McGuirk

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