The SHAre:

June 30, 2023

Volume: 246

Nominations Now Open for

25th Annual Supportive Housing Awards!

In this Week's Edition


News


SHA Developers Meeting - July 10th

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NJ FamilyCare Renewal Processing Update

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HUD Updates

Guidance on Housing Individuals and

Families Experiencing Homelessness Through the Public Housing and HCV Programs


HUD Awards $14.4M+

in Housing Counseling Grants

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DDD RFP for Provider Managed Housing

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DCA Launches Comprehensive

Eviction Defense and Diversion

Program Across New Jersey

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NJ Human Services Awards $3.25 Million

in Additional Grants to Create

Inclusive Healthy Communities

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More Data on New Jersey's Affordability

from Out of Reach Report

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NJCDD Free Monthly Self Advocacy Group Presentations to People with Disabilities in Adult & Transition Programs

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DRNJ Disability Issues Public Input Survey

Respond by July 30th

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EZ Ryde4Life offers 50% Discount on

Rides for Qualified Program Members

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New Jersey to Receive $263M

to Improve Broadband Access

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DCM Associates Summer Webinar Series

July 12 - 26, 2023

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New Jersey Partners in Policymaking

Hybrid Program Now Accepting Applications

Deadline Extended: July 12, 2023

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Plus available housing and waitlists below


Resources & Events


New Jersey Opioid Recovery

and Remediation Fund

Advisory Council Listening Session

July 20th

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Office of Education on Self-Directed Services Unit Virtual Lunch & Learn: Introduction to Self-Directed Services

July 20th

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HUD PD&R Update

Office to Residential Conversion Webinar

July 25th

Save the Date

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Next SHA

Developers Meeting


July 10, 2023

Virtual

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Next SHA

Members Meeting


August 2, 2023

Virtual

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Save the Date


NJ Governors Conference


September 28-29 2023


Registration Now Open

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Monarch Housing Associates Conference


Housing as a

Human Right:

An Asset-Based Approach to

Housing Justice


Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Somerset, NJ


Registration Open

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Save the Date!


Breaking

New Ground;

Success Begins

with Home


SHA's 25th

Annual Conference


November 3, 2023

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Housing Available

Monroe

Apply by July 6th


Supportive Housing

in Manalapan

Apply today


Westampton

Apply by July 31st


Montville

Apply by August 1st


Montvale

Apply by August 8th

Oradell

Apply by August 9th


Cherry Hill

Apply by August 14th


Rutherford

Apply by August 15th


Westfield

Apply by August 15th


Cresskill

Apply by August 29th

14 Supportive Housing Units in Morristown

Apply Today!

Jobs Available

HABcore is currently looking to hire (2) Full time Outreach Staff in Ocean County, New Jersey.


All interested applicants may email their resume to Katie Lord at klord@habcore.org

Volunteers of America GNY's Union County CSS program in Elizabeth NJ has a job opening for a CSS Caseworker. We provide services to individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness to help them maintain their desired levels of independence in the community. The CSS Caseworker is responsible for providing behavioral health rehabilitation services and supports that is necessary to assist the service recipient in achieving recovery goals in various life goals such as social, employment, educational, and/or housing domains. Services are provided that improve skills, self-esteem, and a sense of belonging to the larger community. The Community Support Counselor maintains a wellness and recovery-oriented environment by using person-first language, and person-centered rehabilitation planning and evidenced based practices to service recipients who meet the eligibility criteria to receive CSS.

Save the Date!


25th Annual Supportive

Housing Conference

 

Friday, November 3, 2023

 

The Palace at Somerset Park 

333 Davidson Ave, Somerset, NJ


Submit a Workshop Proposal

Got a ground-breaking workshop or

insights on growing housing opportunities?


To submit a proposal for consideration, complete & submit this form.


Proposals are due by end of day on Friday, July 28, 2023, via email.


Email completed proposals / questions to: SHA-conference@shanj.org.


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

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 Shout Out!

Shout out to Wells Fargo and Operation HOPE Inc., a national nonprofit dedicated to financial empowerment for underserved communities, as they recently announced the opening of a HOPE Inside center in Newark. The new HOPE Inside centers are located inside a Wells Fargo branch and feature Operation HOPE financial coaches who help empower community members to achieve their financial goals through free financial education workshops and one-on-one coaching. In the Newark market, the HOPE Inside coach is located inside the Newark Lincoln Park branch, just outside the Central Business District neighborhood.

SHA Developers Meeting

Monday, July 10, 2023 | 1-3 PM/ET

Special Topic:

"How To" Use the National Housing Trust Fund

to Develop Supportive Housing


Members can join our special guests for an in depth discussion on how to maximize the NHTF to build supportive housing. The discussion will include a review of the recent improvements made by DCA to the National Housing Trust Fund. Next a team from Triple C Housing will take us through the development process step by step including identifying properties, assessing and evaluating the funding opportunity, applying for the grant and getting the project going. Several projects will be highlighted including purchase of condominiums. 


Julian Fowler, Senior Underwriter

New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (NJDCA)

Division of Housing & Community Resources – Housing Production 


Marcus J. Kellam, Dan Gilmartin, & Meyer Pincelli

Triple C Housing Team


Registration Is Now Open to SHA Members


To register, email Joseph Christensen at j.christensen@shanj.org.


Zoom Meeting Information will be sent by Friday, July 7th.

SHA Welcomes New & Returning

Members In 2023

Dimension Renewable Energy

HABcore

Giant Development

& Contracting

Handy Pro of Central NJ

Housing Authority

Of Gloucester County

iStrive Community

Mobility Construction

Nonprofit Finance Fund

NJ AAIDD

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.
News

NJ FamilyCare Renewal Processing Update

Following the expiration of special federal Medicaid rules that were in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, NJ FamilyCare is required to initiate renewals for all members between April 2023 and March 2024. These renewals will confirm whether members continue to meet program requirements, and are eligible to remain enrolled in Medicaid coverage. If not, they may be eligible for continued coverage through employer-sponsored insurance, Medicare or GetCoveredNJ, the statewide health insurance marketplace.

 

To ensure early renewal cohorts are being served in the best way possible, the Department of Human Services is enacting a 30-day eligibility extension to members who never responded and would have had their coverage terminated at the end of June. This provides additional time to continue to reach out to individual households and raise awareness in the community through County Boards of Social Services, Managed Care Organizations, Regional Health Hubs, and other important partners.

 

The Department also anticipates providing a single 30-day extension to each new renewal group in at least the first three months of the unwinding year. This will allow time to monitor and improve the outreach strategy, ensure that every effort has been made to connect with members who never responded, and to evaluate the benefit of the extended deadlines.


Click here to download a notice on NJ FamilyCare from NJ DHS

HUD Updates

Guidance on Housing Individuals and Families Experiencing Homelessness Through the Public Housing and HCV Programs


HUD Awards $14.4M+ in Housing Counseling Grants

Guidance on Housing Individuals and Families Experiencing Homelessness Through the Public Housing and HCV Programs


On June 8, 2023, HUD released PIH Notice 23-13 / Notice CPD-23-05: Guidance on Housing Individuals and Families Experiencing Homelessness Through the Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Programs. This joint Notice supersedes PIH 13-15 and provides guidance to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) on policies and practices to most effectively serve families experiencing homelessness and to reduce barriers to entry for persons exiting homelessness.


This Notice identifies strategies that PHAs can pursue to expand housing opportunities for individuals and families experiencing homelessness through the Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs.


Specifically, this Notice:

  • Revises the definition of homelessness for the purpose of reporting in the Inventory Management System/Public Housing Information Center (IMS/PIC) or its successor system
  • Outlines new guidance on how PHAs and Continuums of Care (CoCs) can share data derived from the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and IMS/PIC or its successor system
  • Provides updated guidance on:
  • Waiting list management and preferences
  • Screening policies regarding criminal activity, substance use, and rental history
  • Program termination and eviction policies
  • Information regarding pairing Project-Based Vouchers (PBVs) with CoC Supportive Services to create Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)


Questions about the Notice can be sent to publichousingpolicyquestions@hud.gov for Public Housing, vouchernotice@hud.gov for Housing Choice Vouchers, and SNAPSinfo@hud.gov for CoCs and other homelessness stakeholders.

HUD Awards $14.4M+ in Housing Counseling Grants


WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Housing Counseling (OHC) is announcing that it has awarded more than $14.4 million in housing counseling grant funding to 180 housing counseling organizations. The awards will support the comprehensive housing counseling services provided by grantees to homebuyers, homeowners, and renters, and will help to continue the important work that began in 2021 to reach deeper into underserved communities through partnerships between HUD-approved housing counseling agencies, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).


SHA congratulates our members including the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) and The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (The Network) on being recipients of this funding in New Jersey for this vital work.


To locate a HUD-approved housing counseling agency, visit HUD’s online locator or call (800) 569-4287 to use our interactive telephone locator service.

DDD RFP for Provider Managed Housing

On June 22, 2023, the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) released Request for Proposals To Increase Community Capacity of Provider Managed Housing for Individuals With Acute Behavioral and/or Medical Needs.

 

The Request for Proposals (RFP) will provide up to $90,000 per qualifying property to successful bidders in an effort to support new housing stock for persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities with co-occurring behavioral and/or medical needs. Please see the below link to the RFP for detailed information.


DCA Launches Comprehensive Eviction Defense

and Diversion Program Across New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced the launch of the Comprehensive Eviction Defense and Diversion (CEDD) program in all court vicinages across the state. Under the program, low-income households at risk of eviction will have access to both legal services and experienced caseworkers, known as resource navigators, for a wrap-around defense against housing displacement. The new CEDD program is an expansion of successful eviction prevention pilot programs that DCA administered in 2021 and 2022.


he CEDD program’s resource navigators are experienced in homelessness prevention, relocation and rapid rehousing, social services support, rental assistance resources, and crisis intervention. Furthermore, resource navigators have access to financial assistance that can be used to help households at risk of eviction mitigate emergencies, cover rental arrears or relocation expenses, and fund tenant legal defenses.


CEDD expands the number of resource navigators from 28 under the previous pilot programs to 48. The resource navigators are hired and managed by 13 social services agencies that are partnering with DCA on the program. Additionally, CEDD expands the number of communities served from three cities under the previous pilot programs to all municipalities across the state.

New Jersey to Receive $263M

to Improve Broadband Access

This week New Jersey confirmed $263.6M in federal funding to expand broadband access in the state. The funding comes from the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that Pallone fought for as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee last Congress. The state will primarily use the funding to build out broadband infrastructure in locations that currently do not have it and to upgrade digital networks in areas that lack a reliable connection.

NJ Human Services Awards $3.25 Million in Additional Grants to Create Inclusive Healthy Communities

(TRENTON) – Commissioner Sarah Adelman announced the Department has awarded an additional 13 grants to help organizations across the state implement inclusive initiatives that support individuals with disabilities in the communities in which they live, work, learn, and play. First launched in January 2021, the IHC Grant Program is an initiative spearheaded by the NJDHS Division of Disability Services to support communities and ensure the voice and needs of individuals with disabilities are included in healthy community planning. The grant program is available to non-profits, and local county or municipal government agencies.


SHA is proud to congratulate our member, Woods Services on receiving one of the grants in this round of funding.

More Data on New Jersey's Affordability

from Out of Reach Report

Readers may remember the recent release of the annual Out Of Reach Report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (The Network) helped collect data for the report representing New Jersey and found on average households need to make $3,143 monthly or $37,715 annually to only pay a third of their income to rent a two bedroom apartment. New Jersey currently ranks as the 7th highest in the nation for cost of rent.


Click here to read more and see an interactive data map from NJ.com

NJCDD Free Monthly Self Advocacy Group Presentations to People with Disabilities in Adult & Transition Programs

The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD) provides free in-person monthly Self Advocacy presentation meetings to groups of individuals with disabilities.


Presentations: We engage group verbal interaction with students and adults with

disabilities to develop voices, self-determination, confidence, and independence.

Presentation Length- Based on the School’s and Agency’s needs and time

schedule availability. We make presentations from 40 minutes to one hour.


Potential Topics: • Basics of Self Advocacy • Using Your Voice & Words •

Self-Confidence • Choices & Decisions • Rights & Responsibilities • Leadership •

Supporting Peers • Relationships • Community Integration •Employment • Peer

Mentors • Positiveness • Voting • Government Support in Our Lives • Emergency

Planning • Social Skills • Self-Confidence in Handling Negative/Hurtful Wording •

Advocating Against Bullies • Topics requested by You


Presenters: Frank Latham, the Council’s Youth/ Adult Leadership Coordinator is

the Presenter. Alison Malnak, Advocacy Liaison is the meeting Coordinator.


Planning First Visit: We can talk via ZOOM, phone, or email to plan with you on

Self Advocacy presentations. Frank Latham and I can come in person so

individuals can easier relate. ZOOM presentations also available.


Federal Grant Funded: *Free Self-Advocacy Presentations.*


NJCDD Website: Everything We Offer! https://njcdd.org/


Contact Information:

Alison Malnak email - amalnak67@comcast.net & phone 908-285-2984

Frank Latham email - frank.latham@njcdd.org & phone 609-792-5903

DRNJ Disability Issues Public Input Survey

Each year, Disability Rights NJ is federally required to conduct a Public Input Survey. The purpose of this survey is to gather information and opinions that will help our organization’s leadership set our 2024 priorities, goals, and objectives for the protection & advocacy of individuals with disabilities. The results of this survey are meaningful to us beyond being a requirement. The survey collects feedback from a wide range of people about disability issues, and this valuable input helps us make decisions about the work we will do, including the cases we will accept.

Who do we want to hear from? 

·    People with disabilities 

·    Family and friends of individuals with disabilities 

·    Stakeholders and advocates 

·    State agency representatives 

·    Court, criminal justice, and law enforcement personnel 

·    Disability service providers, caregivers, and support personnel –

including mental health providers

·    Other individuals and agencies involved in disability advocacy and service provision 


Surveys will be accepted until July 30, 2023. 

 

On average, the survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is available now through July 30. You can fill it out online or print a copy and mail it to our office at 210 South Broad Street, Third Floor, Trenton NJ 08608.


If you prefer the assistance of an ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter to complete the survey, please use a video relay service to contact us at 800-342-0823, Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm.


Click here for the Downloadable Survey Form


Click here to respond through the Virtual Survey

EZ Ryde4Life offers 50% Discount on

Rides for Qualified Program Members

The EZ Ryde4Life program provides transportation services for members with rides from Lyft and Uber. All participants should have a credit/debit card, a cell phone and complete a registration form. If you have any questions, please contact us at 201-939-4242, ext. 4, or email at info@ezride.org


Eligibility: Limited to members participating in any ONE of the following programs:


Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged & Disabled (PAAD) Program administered by NJ Dept. of Human Services https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/services/paad/


Senior Gold Prescription Discount Program administered by NJDHS. https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/services/seniorgold/

 

NJ Medicaid https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dmahs/clients/medicaid/ 


Members can enjoy this discount for up to eight rides per month and request rides for any purpose. Additionally, for those requiring dialysis, there are eight additional rides per month exclusively reserved for this purpose. Rides are provided on a first come, first served basis. Discount is limited to the availability of funds.


Click here to register for EZ Ryde4Life

DCM Associates Summer Webinar Series

Join DCM Associates for this insightful, live summer webinar series, offered free of charge. Terry Cahill, EdD, President of the DCM Institute for Transformational Nonprofit Leadership & Board Performance will interview Dennis C. Miller, Founder & Chairman of DCM Associates, Inc.


What actions the CEO and board chair need

to make to achieve positive social impact

July 12, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. EDT

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SESSION


Why the board and CEO need to be held responsible

and accountable to mission and sustainability

July 26, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. EDT

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SESSION

New Jersey Partners in Policymaking 2023-2024

Hybrid Program Now Accepting Applications

Deadline Extended: July 12, 2023

New Jersey Partners in Policymaking is a leadership development and advocacy education program for adults with developmental disabilities (over age 21) and family members of young children and transition age youth available through collaboration between The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, and Disability Rights New Jersey. The goal of this program is to prepare the next generation of disability advocates to work toward meaningful change in our state.


The 2023-2024 Partners in Policymaking sessions are currently scheduled to take place using a hybrid model which combines in-person and virtual learning. A fully virtual option for those that are immunocompromised or have an immunocompromised family member that prevents in-person participation will be made available.



New Jersey Partners in Policymaking is committed to building a diverse group of participants that is reflective of the needs, geography, and cultural and ethnic backgrounds of New Jersey. The Partners program is now accepting applications from people with developmental disabilities and family members for the class of 2023-2024.


Download the application to learn more about the program and apply


Applications must be received by July 12, 2023. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by July 31, 2023.


Visit the NJ Partners in Policymaking page on The Boggs Center's website for additional information.

Resources & Virtual Forums

New Jersey Opioid Recovery and Remediation Fund

Advisory Council Listening Sessions

In addition to the input already received through the online portal, the New Jersey Opioid Recovery and Remediation Fund Advisory Council is holding listening sessions to gather public input on distributing opioid settlement funds.

 

New Jersey will receive at least $641 million over 18 years as part of a federal opioid settlement. The state will receive half of the funding, and the other half will be provided to participating county and local governments.

 

Register to testify here: https://bit.ly/3oloFUD

   

THURSDAY, JULY 20 (11 A.M. – 1 P.M.)

Virtual: Link will be sent after registering

Office of Education on Self-Directed Services Unit Virtual Lunch & Learn: Introduction to Self-Directed Services

The Office of Education on Self-Directed Services (OESDS) is hosting a Virtual Lunch and Learn. This Virtual Session is entitled Introduction to Self-Directed Services and will take place Thursday, July 20, 2023 from 12:00 —1:30 pm. If interested, please register using the following link: OESDS Webinar: Introduction to Self-Directed Services - 7/20/23 - Registration

 

The OESDS webpage also lists upcoming OESDS Self-Direction Networking Sessions and Educational Webinars currently available along with registration instructions. 

HUD PD&R Update

Office to Residential Conversion Webinar

On Tuesday, July 25, 2023, HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) will host a PD&R Quarterly Update virtual event focused on Office-to-Residential Conversions. After a housing market update from PD&R’s Kevin Kane and a data spotlight segment from PD&R’s Veronica Helms Garrison, Tracy Hadden Loh from Brookings Metro will provide keynote remarks. The event will then feature two panel discussions. In the first panel, developers will discuss the nuts-and-bolts of how to convert office space into residential units, and the second panel will explore how policymakers can create tools to facilitate successful conversions in downtown markets.

Update on U.S. Housing Market Conditions

  • Kevin Kane, Chief Housing Market Analyst, Economic Market Analysis Division, PD&R/HUD

Data Spotlight

  • Veronica Helms Garrison, Analyst, PD&R/HUD

Keynote Remarks

  • Tracy Hadden Loh, Fellow, Brookings Metro, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking

Panel: Design, Construction, and Financing Challenges and Opportunities

  • Moderator: Aaron Shroyer, Senior Advisor, PD&R/HUD
  • Steve Smith, AIA, Principal at Cooper Carry

Panel: Policies to Facilitate and Promote Office-to-Residential Conversions

  • Moderator: Kera Package, Policy Advisor, Office of Community Planning and Development, HUD
  • Sean Campion, Director of Housing and Economic Development Studies, Citizens Budget Commission
  • Maurice D. Cox, Commissioner, Department of Planning and Development, City of Chicago
  • Yesim Sayin, Executive Director, D.C. Policy Center


Click here to register for this event

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