The SHAre:

June 6, 2024

Volume: 294

In this Week's Edition


Member Meeting Recap


DOJ Announces New Funding to Address Homelessness Among Domestic Violence Victims and People Exiting Jail


Human Services Releases Age-Friendly Blueprint, Announces Grant Program to Help Communities Implement Strategies to Make NJ More Age-Friendly


HUD and VA Announce Funding for VASH Vouchers


US Treasury’s CDFI Fund Released Application Data for FY24 Capital Magnet Fund Program


SHA Updates Data Set for Affordable Housing Data Project


USDA Highlights Housing Supports


CSH RFP on Support for Families Network


Register for The Network's Annual Legislative Day

June 13, 2024


CSH Survey for Supportive Housing Providers

on Addressing Ongoing Overdose Crisis


Social Security Administration Offers Video Connect


DDD Updates:

NCI State of the Workforce Survey

NCI Family Survey

Surveys End June 30, 2024

Resources & Events

In-Person Event

Family Journeys: "Advocating for the Supports You Need"

June 8, 2024


Apprenticeship and Grant Programs

Webinar for Direct Care Workers

June 10, 2024


New Neuro-inclusive Housing Event

June 11, 2024


Closing the Generational Divide at Work:

How to Hire and Manage Gen Z

June 13, 2024


Individualized Rehabilitation Plan (IRP) Development Workshop to CSS staff

June 26, 2024


Suicide Prevention Webinar Schedule 2024

July - September, 2024


New Jersey Mental Health Institute Leadership Academy for Behavioral Healthcare Professionals

Apply by July 15, 2024 for Sept 2024 Start

Jobs Available

Triple C Housing is seeking candidates for a Housing and Leasing Coordinator

Applicants can respond directly to Shelly Liick, Human Resources Specialist at


Bergen County, is seeking a new Program Development Specialist, Aging in the County of Bergen Department of Human Services – Division of Senior Services. Applicants should email – and put "Program Development Specialist, Aging" in subject line.


The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless (ECHH), is recruiting a dynamic, entrepreneurial nonprofit professional to serve as its next Executive Director.

Please express your interest with cover letter and resume or recommend a candidate for this position by contacting Dr. Terrence F. Cahill, President, DCM Institute for Nonprofit Board and Executive Leadership at or Mr. Jay Suggs, Managing Director at

Save the Date


Next SHA

Developers Meeting

July 8, 2024



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Members Meeting

August 7, 2024



Governor's Conference on Housing and Economic Development

Atlantic City

September 17-18. 2024

Registration Open


Save the Date!

SHA's 26th

Annual Conference

November 15, 2024

The Palace, Somerset, NJ


Housing Available


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SHA Member Shout Outs

A special shout out to HomeFront as they celebrated the grand opening of Hopewell Parc with project collaborators. The project completion brings 26 new units of affordable homes for low-income and working local families online in Hopewell Township.

SHA Welcomes New & Returning

Members In 2024

7TH & Madison

Extensions of Empowerment


B&A Realty Management, LLC

Career Opportunity Development Inc.

Champion Learning LLC

Housing Authority

City of Elizabeth

JDL Development


Our House


SOBA New Jersey

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.

Member Meeting Recap

Members gathered in Trenton yesterday for many important updates including the following highlights:

  • Amy Scartocci from the Division of Developmental Disabilities spoke about housing initiatives and upcoming RFPs.
  • Harry Reyes from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services gave updates on CSS and Mobile Crisis Response resources
  • Justin Scheid from the New Jersey Office of HUD explained a variety of clean energy funding opportunities leveraged through HUD and other federal partners
  • Kate Kelly, SHA's Associate Executive Director spoke about progress with SHA Grants on the upcoming senior housing resource and the Westfield Integrated Community Project
  • Joseph Christensen, SHA's Membership & Communication Manager demonstrated the updates to the Affordable Housing Data Project
  • Amy Brown, from the Long Term Care Ombudsman / I Choose Home NJ spoke about the ICHNJ program and the Money Follows the Person program and the important impacts driven by community engagement at different levels within communities and service providers

Missed this meeting and want to become a member to access great opportunities like those described above? Email Joseph Christensen to learn how to join SHA today.


DOJ Announces New Funding to Address Homelessness Among Domestic Violence Victims and People Exiting Jail

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced two competitive funding opportunities for communities to prevent and end homelessness.

The Smart Reentry: Housing Demonstration Program will award up to $1 million as well as no-cost training and technical assistance to enhance or implement evidence-based activities or services to expand and/or increase access to housing for people who are currently or were formerly involved in the criminal justice system. The program will help jurisdictions assess their reentry systems, identify strengths and gaps, and build capacity for improved housing options for adults released from prison or jail.

The application deadline is July 18Read the full announcement.

Meanwhile, the Emergency and Transitional Pet Shelter and Housing Assistance Grant Program will provide 10 awards of up to $500,000 each to help victims of domestic violence and their companion animals. The funding can be used to: purchase kennels, install pet amenities, partner with veterinarians to provide medical care, assist with housing relocation; provide pet boarding services; and undertake shelter modifications, among other activities.

The application deadline is July 22Read the full announcement.

Human Services Releases Age-Friendly Blueprint, Announces Grant Program to Help Communities Implement Strategies to Make NJ More Age-Friendly

(TEANECK) – With New Jersey’s older adult population steadily growing, Human Services released the NJ Age-Friendly Blueprint, which provides strategies and best practices to improve New Jersey’s communities for older adults and enable people to remain in their homes and communities as they age. The Department also announced the dedication of $5.5 million to launch an Age-Friendly Community Grant Program to help communities advance Age-Friendly practices, prioritizing those in the Blueprint. The grant program is expected to launch later this year.

In 2021, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 227 creating an Age-Friendly State Advisory Council within Human Services. The executive order called for the department to develop a blueprint, informed by the Advisory Council, outlining strategies to advance age-friendly practices across the state. Commissioner Adelman chaired the Council.

The blueprint provides recommendations related to housing, health care, transportation, socialization, employment, communication, and outreach that can be implemented to make communities more accessible for residents of all ages, and facilitate access to long-term services and supports that will allow residents to remain in their homes and connected to their loved ones as they age. To read the blueprint, click here.

HUD and VA Announce Funding for VASH Vouchers

HUD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that they are making available $78 million in over 7,000 HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) nationwide. The HUD-VASH program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance with case management and clinical services provided by VA to help veterans experiencing homelessness access permanent and sustainable housing, as well as high-quality health care and supportive services. The efforts of HUD and VA through the HUD-VASH program have helped with the reduction of veteran homelessness rates, such as the number of veterans experiencing homelessness decreasing by 5% since early 2020 and by 52% since 2010. Additionally, VA and HUD partnered to permanently house more than 46,000 individuals experiencing homelessness in 2023.

US Treasury’s CDFI Fund Released Application Data

for FY24 Capital Magnet Fund (CMF) Program

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) released the application data for the FY24 round of its Capital Magnet Fund (CMF) program, highlighting that applicants’ requests for funding have exceeded the allotted CMF awards by 334 percent. The CMF is a vital program designed to uplift economically distressed communities by creating and preserving affordable housing. The CMF program is funded through allocations made by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (collectively known as the Government-Sponsored Enterprises, or GSEs), which vary yearly based on the GSEs’ mortgage business. Under the FY24 round of funding, 136 organizations submitted applications requesting more than $1 billion in CMF awards. The CDFI Fund notes that 47 percent of the applicants are certified CDFIs and 53 percent are non-profit housing organizations. The FY24 CMF application period closed in April, and the CDFI Fund expects to announce the awards in the fall of 2024.

SHA Updates Data Set for Affordable Housing Data Project

Now in its second phase of data collection, SHA has recently posted 50 new municipalities in the online data table for the Affordable Housing Data Project. Each piece of data is gathered to help advocates and builders understand where potential resources may be available for the development of additional affordable housing.

SHA gratefully acknowledges the support of Valley Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, and M&T Bank that made this project possible.

USDA Highlights Housing Supports

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2024 – As part of National Homeownership Month, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA is celebrating 75 years of helping millions of people buy, repair and build affordable homes in rural and Tribal communities. This month, the Department is highlighting the ways USDA Rural Development homeownership programs have historically given people in rural America and on Tribal lands the opportunity to build wealth and equity, and a foundation for a brighter future for themselves and their families:

USDA is also highlighting resources to help potential homebuyers prepare for buying a home and to be ready to apply for USDA programs once funding becomes available. For instance, individuals can learn more about homeownership readiness through the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Home Loan Toolkit. Individuals may also review program eligibility requirements through USDA's Single Family Housing Self-Assessment site.

For 75 years, USDA has made financing affordable for families who would otherwise be unable to secure a home loan. By providing low interest rates, loan guarantees, reduced down payments and construction grants, Rural Development’s Single Family Housing Programs have become a vital resource for millions of rural Americans.

These programs include:

CSH RFP on Support for Families Network

Support for a Families Network

Submission Deadline: Friday, June 21, 2024

CSH is looking for an organization to collaborate with us in co-creating and hosting a network of parents and caregivers with lived experiences at the intersection of housing instability and child welfare involvement. 


This “Families Network” would inform those working and living at the intersection of housing instability and child welfare involvement. A Families Network can also promote leadership opportunities and provide a space for healing and collaboration for families. 

The inspiration for creating a Families Network comes from a year-long body of work focused on authentically co-designing and co-creating work with individuals with lived experience. The goal was to inform CSH and our partners on how to move towards power sharing and family-informed decision-making, so that families navigating the housing and child welfare systems experience more equitable outcomes.

Find more information on the qualifications, proposal submission, and evaluation criteria through the link here

Register for The Network's Annual Legislative Day

June 13, 2024

Registration is open for the Network’s annual Legislative Day on Thursday, June 13, 2024. This is the day Network members from around the state head to the State House to advocate for our HouseNJ budget and policy priorities (see below for details). It’s also a way to interact with elected officials as you represent your communities and organizations!


The Network is working to schedule in-person visits with legislators on the 13th, so it’s important to know in advance which members from each district will be with us. We are also scheduling a news conference at the State House steps at noon, and will attend committee hearings at the State House as we wear our burgundy Network T-shirts and fight for housing justice!


Much more to come, but if you haven’t yet, please register today and thank you! 

Click here to register for the Annual Legislative Day

CSH Survey for Supportive Housing Providers

on Addressing Ongoing Overdose Crisis

CSH is conducting a survey of supportive housing providers to understand your needs related to the ongoing overdose crisis, and we would appreciate it if you would respond to this survey on behalf of your agency. We know that you may not know the exact answers for all the questions, but please make your best approximation; if you are unable to make an approximation, you may write “I don’t know.” Your responses will help us assess what types of future research, education, and services would be valuable. Any data reported from the survey responses will be aggregated and de-identified.


The survey is accessible via this link

Social Security Administration Offers Video Connect

In a commitment to provide efficient and equitable service, your clients may be able to use their personal device to conduct their business with Social Security via video.

With Social Security Video Connect, your clients may be able to meet with a Social Security representative for Medicare, benefit applications, overpayments, redeterminations, U.S. citizen no-change replacement Social Security cards, and U.S. citizen date of birth changes. To use this service, your clients need access to a Microsoft Teams compatible device (desktop, laptop, tablet, or smart phone with web camera). 

Your clients can request a video appointment by contacting their local Social Security office or calling 1-800-772-1213 between 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  

Please share this information with your members, colleagues, affiliates, and other interested parties.

DDD Updates:

NCI State of the Workforce Survey

NCI Family Survey

The National Core Indicators® State of the Workforce Survey is open through June 30, 2024 and participation by as many eligible providers as possible is critical to ensure valid results. Email invitations were sent to eligible DDD providers – to the provider email address on file in iRecord – on March 5, with follow-up invitations sent on April 26.

If your agency has not received an invitation to participate, please contact as soon as possible.

The data collected through this annual survey helps us examine and respond to challenges in New Jersey’s Direct Support Professional workforce serving adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. To learn more, visit National Core Indicators® or see our NCI State of the Workforce Overview.

NCI Family Survey

National Core Indicators® (NCI) is a collaborative national effort to measure and improve outcomes of participants in public human service systems. Each year, to support this effort, the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) facilitates completion of NCI surveys by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), their families and caregivers, and IDD service providers in New Jersey (see our NCI Overview for more information).

Last week, DDD mailed about 22,000 NCI Family Survey invitation letters via US postal mail to the primary caregivers/family members and guardians of individuals receiving at least one DDD service in addition to Support Coordination. Each invitation includes a survey link and unique access code. Participation in the NCI Family Survey is anonymous and voluntary. You do not need to complete the survey if you do not want to, but it is strongly encouraged. The information collected will help us better understand caregiver/family experiences with the IDD service system and improve the quality of services for everyone.

The NCI Family Survey closes on June 30, 2024. If you have questions about the survey or wish to request an online invitation or hard copy of the survey in English or other languages, email us at

Resources & Virtual Forums

In-Person Event

Family Journeys: "Advocating for the Supports You Need"

Family Journeys: "Advocating for the Supports You Need," is being hosted by the Regional Family Support Planning Council (RFSPC) #4 (Essex) and the Family Support Organization of Essex County. This event will be a Community conversation for families with children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). 

Date and time: June 8, 2024 from 10am – 1:30pm.

Location: Bloomfield Civic Center 84 Broad Street Bloomfield, NJ

Registration Link:

Apprenticeship and Grant Programs Webinar for Direct Care Workers

June 10, 2024 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM ET

What: A virtual event discussing apprenticeship and grants programs for New Jersey’s direct care workers (i.e., CHHAs, CNAs, DSPs). We’ll have presentations from NJ’s Department of Labor on their programs and the resources they have to help employers apply for them, a panel of direct care employers discussing how they have used these programs, and a presentation on the DSP Career Development Program. There’ll be time for Q&A after each presentation.

Why: To connect direct care employers with apprenticeship and grant funding to attract and retain direct care workers.

Click here to register for the webinar


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  • If you can’t make the event but would like to see it, register and we’ll send you a recording.
  • To learn more about the Essential Jobs, Essential Care NJ coalition, please see our landing page and sign up for our coalition.

New Neuro-inclusive Housing

Join Parents With A Plan and the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism team for an informational session about Thrive Red Bank and the process for potential residents at No Limits Cafe, 418 Rt 35, Red Bank, NJ 07701 on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:00 pm. Thrive Red Bank is a consumer controlled, private pay, neuroinclusive 32 unit apartment building. The session kicks off the application & assessment process. Visit for more information.

Application portal will be available starting June 12, 2024.

Closing the Generational Divide at Work: How to Hire and Manage Gen Z

June 13, 2024 | 1:00-2:00 PM ET

Think about your organization:

  • Do you have issues hiring and retaining younger talent?
  • Is there a disconnect between employees of different generations or ages?
  • Is employee engagement or motivation a challenge?

In some ways, the interactions and communications among Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z in the workplace has devolved into an “us” vs. “them” mentality. Instead of getting better, it’s only getting worse.

If these issues aren’t addressed, teams and organizations will never achieve their goals. And, as Peter Drucker wrote, “Culture eats Strategy for breakfast.” Managing younger teams is a challenge, and needs to be addressed in new and different ways to make a difference.

3 Key Takeaways

Identify the cultural conflicts and their effects on employees

Understand the brain science behind the current conflict

Learn “hands on” practical ways to navigate and resolve this challenge

Click here to register for the webinar

Individualized Rehabilitation Plan (IRP) Development Workshop to CSS staff

Wednesday, June 26th, 2024 | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The Rutgers School of Health Professions (SHP) is offering an Individualized Rehabilitation Plan (IRP) Development Workshop to CSS staff who develop and complete IRPs (e.g., licensed staff and RNs). Participants will meet with SHP CSS staff (Crystal, Emilie, and Earle) and other CSS staff who complete IRPs to ask for and receive feedback during the workshop.

This 2.5 hour workshop is designed for CSS staff who develop and submit plans to the IME. The workshop is interactive, and participants must bring a de-identified IRP they have authored. We cannot review or give feedback on an IRP authored by another clinician. We suggest bringing an IRP in development or that has previously been submitted and received feedback but is not currently on hold to discuss and review.

This will be entirely practice-based, and participants must be willing to bring a de-identified plan and provide feedback to others. Participants will work in small groups led by a SHP CSS staff. Each participant will present their plan, ask questions, and receive feedback and suggestions from those in their group. CSS programs should limit registration to 1 to 2 staff. 

The CSS IRP Development Workshop will be remote and held live through Zoom on Wednesday, June 26th, from 10:00 am until 12:30 pm. Space is limited, so licensed staff and RN’s should register as soon as possible. Registration information must be for the staff attending the training. 

Click here to register for the IRP Training

HUD-VASH Virtual Landlord Recruitment Fair

To promote the HUD-VASH Virtual Landlord Recruitment Fair, we would like to share with you some details on this important fair event.


The HUD-VASH Program's success is contingent upon forming successful partnerships between the Public Housing Authorities (PHA) and landlords to provide safe and affordable housing for homeless veterans. To that end, HUD and the Veterans Administration will host a Virtual Landlord Recruitment Fair on Thursday, July 18, 2024. The purpose of this event will be to:


  • Learn about the benefits of the HUD-VASH program
  • Hear Veterans’ and landlords’ testimonials
  • Learn how to become a HUD-VASH landlord and house homeless veterans

We encourage you and your staff to register for this event and share the flyer with prospective landlords and members of your professional network. 


Registration Information: 

If you have any questions about the event, please contact the event coordinator, Benita Johnson at 

Suicide Prevention Webinar Schedule 2024

The NJ Adult Suicide Prevention Committee would like to offer free trainings for

suicide prevention and the distribution of new topics, data, resources, and services

made available for NJ residents.

All sessions are virtual and presented between 1:00-3:00 PM on the listed day.


Speaker: Dr. Michael Anestis

Addressing the role of firearms in suicide and potential interventions

September 4, 2024 - 988 SUICIDE & CRISIS LIFELINE

Speaker: Mary Jean Weston

An overview and update of the new nationwide 3-digit dialing code for suicide prevention, mental health and substance use crisis.

New Jersey Mental Health Institute Leadership Academy for Behavioral Healthcare Professionals

Applications for Mentees, Mentors, and Coaches Are Due July 15, 2024.


Your Staff and Organizations Will Gain Tremendous Benefit!

* Reinforce staff retention and your organization’s long-term sustainability!

* Apply to serve as mentors and encourage your staff to participate as mentees! 

Click here for the Mentor Fact Sheet and here for the application.

* Encourage your colleagues in other industries to apply to serve as coaches!

Click here for the Coach Fact Sheet and here for the application.

Future Leaders:

Gain the Knowledge, Skills and Guidance you Need to Succeed in your Career Advancement!


* Each of you will be matched with a mentor from the

behavioral healthcare field and a coach from another industry to benefit from their diverse expertise, perspectives and experiences!

* You will have monthly sessions, either in person or virtual, with your coaches and mentors!

* Plus, NJMHI will host additional presentations to further enhance the value of your Academy

experience and expand your future career potential! 


Click here for the Mentee Fact Sheet and here for the application.

Apply by July 15, 2024 for the third

cohort that will begin in September.

Click here for all program details and applications.

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