The SHAre:
May 20, 2021
Volume: 140
In this Week's Edition


SHA Member Meeting - June 2nd
HUD Announces $5 Billion Nationwide to
House People Experiencing Homelessness 
NJHMFA Announces Housing Collaboration with University Hospital in Newark
NLIHC Launches Emergency
Rental Assistance Tools Including
ERA Dashboard and Program Table
CMS Issues Guidance on
American Rescue Plan Funding
for Medicaid Home and
Community Based Services
 CMS Data Shows Vulnerable
Americans Forgoing Mental Health
Care During COVID-19 Pandemic
Anti-Poverty Network of NJ
Joins Forces with New Jersey Citizen Action
Legislation Proposed as NJ
Health Emergency May End, Protections on Evictions and Utilities Likely to Remain
Utility Assistance Week Resources
Boggs Center Partners In Policymaking
Opens Applications for 2021-2022

Resources & Virtual Forums

Take a Break and Have Fun
at Foothold Technology Virtual Trivia June 2nd
SobelCo Launches New
Informative Video Series
Emergency Housing Vouchers Webinar Series
May and June 2021
May 25 - June 1, 2021
New NJHMFA Webinars
in Morris, Sussex, Warren, & Ocean Counties
The Road Home New Jersey for Homebuyers
May 25 - May 27, 2021
Two Center for Non-Profits Events for
Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism
May 25 - June 3, 2021
NJ Long Term Care Ombudsperson
Reviews LGBTQ+ Rights Under New Bill
June 1st
NJ Vocational Rehabilitation Council Open Forums in June
June 4th - June 10th
Save the Date
Next SHA
Members Meeting

Next SHA
Developers Meeting

1:00–3:00PM via Zoom


Save the Date!

2021 Governor's
Conference on Housing and Economic Development

Virtual Event

September 29th & 30th
New Housing Available
Click below for
details on new housing available in:

SHA Member Shout Outs
A very special shout-out and congratulations to Randi Moore on her recent appointment as CEO of Affordable Housing Alliance. As a current SHA Board member with extensive experience in housing and community development, we know she will strongly sustain and enhance the work of AHA well into the future.

SHA also thanks and congratulates retiring Founder and CEO, Donna Blaze on the years of dedication and progress that helped turn AHA into one of New Jersey's leading housing development nonprofits.
Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties has received a $5,000 grant on behalf of Acme Markets Foundation’s 130 Days of Giving Nourishing Neighbors Campaign in celebration of Acme’s 130th anniversary. The grant will be used to stock JFS’ Pantry with hearty foods and basic essentials for community residents in need.
Congratulations to NJAMHAA on the 70th anniversary of their founding, today, May 20th. Many lives have been changed for the better with access to care and services from members committed to the importance of this work. Join NJAMHAA in honoring Mental Health Month this May and by learning about their achievements over the past 70 years.
Congratulations to Constance Mercer Myers, Founder and CEO of Homefront on receiving an honorary degree from Princeton University for her work with Homefront. Mercer Myers founded Mercer County-based HomeFront to provide housing assistance, education, life skills, employment training, childcare, and more for homeless or at-risk people.

"As the founder and chief executive officer of HomeFront, she has mobilized a small army of staff, volunteers and donors with the goal of empowering families to "break the cycle of poverty" by overcoming the interlocking obstacles to self-sufficiency — from prohibitive housing costs, to inadequate childcare, to underdeveloped life skills," the university said.
SHA Member Meeting
June 2, 2021 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Virtual Meeting Agenda:

State Partner Updates

New Emergency Voucher Update
Taiisa Kelly | CEO, Monarch Housing

– Featured Presentations –

Great Partnerships

It goes without saying that Supportive Housing relies on its partnerships between developers and service providers to bring opportunities for people to live a life of independence and health. The challenge has always been financing and the dream has always been to create an environment where more people can enjoy supportive housing's benefits. Today that dream has become a reality. Truman Square, a new and innovative collaboration between Pennrose and Triple C Housing brings services to all 172 residents in the heart of Edison. 
Harishan Lamba
Pennrose, LLC
Marcus Kellam
Director of Community
Engagement and Development
Triple C Housing Inc.
Members can email Joseph Christensen for registration and Zoom links.
SHA Welcomes New Members In 2021
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.
HUD Announces $5 Billion Nationwide to
House People Experiencing Homelessness 
WASHINGTON–U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge on May 17th announced the allocation of $5 billion in American Rescue Plan funds for emergency housing vouchers for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. The supplemental funding is allocated through the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) program. Through EHV, HUD is providing 70,000 housing choice vouchers to local public housing authorities (PHAs) across the country to help Americans find and remain in housing. Click here for a full list of initial allocations.

Justin Scheid, HUD Newark Field Office Director relayed, “In New Jersey, fifteen housing authorities will be receiving a total of 1,595 vouchers to provides homes to vulnerable residents who have endured the COVID-19 pandemic.”

15 Housing Authorities Listed Below:
Newark Housing Authority
Elizabeth Housing Authority
Perth Amboy Housing Authority
Jersey City Housing Authority
Camden Housing Authority
Passaic Housing Authority
Housing Authority and Urban
Redevelopment Age
Paterson Housing Authority
East Orange Housing Authority
Vineland Housing Authority
Housing Authority of Bergen County
Passaic County Public Housing Agency
Hamilton Township Housing Authority
Lakewood Residential Assistance Prog
NJ State Dept. of Community Affairs
SHA Members: Don't miss an important review of these Emergency Housing Vouchers with Taiisa Kelly, CEO of Monarch Housing during the next member meeting on June 2nd. Also, check out the two upcoming webinars from HUD on the EHV's in the webinar section of the SHAre further down.
NJHMFA Announces Supportive Housing
Collaboration with University Hospital in Newark
Under Hospital Partnership Subsidy Program
NEWARK — The Murphy Administration announced a new collaboration between University Hospital in Newark and L+M Development Partners, Type A Projects, and MSquared under the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency’s (NJHMFA) groundbreaking Hospital Partnership Subsidy Program, through which leading hospitals partner with experienced residential developers to provide vital affordable and supportive housing -- including homes for frequent users of emergency services -- in their host communities. Under this award-winning program, NJHMFA matches funding contributions from participating hospitals to provide affordable rental apartments for low- and moderate-income families, as well as apartments with access to supportive and wrap-around services for residents with special needs. 
This project, which will be developed by L+M Development Partners, Type A Projects, and MSquared, functions as a gateway to University Hospital, enhancing the hospital’s connection to the City of Newark’s West Ward. The development will provide 78 affordable rental apartments that will serve low- and moderate-income households to promote economic diversity in the Fairmount neighborhood of Newark. Sixteen supportive housing units will be reserved for homeless individuals and families, and these will be supported by project-based rental vouchers provided through the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Housing Choice Voucher Program. All supportive units will be paired with access to medical services. The project will also be a recipient of 30 project-based rental vouchers from the Newark Housing Authority. To date, the Hospital Partnership Subsidy Program has also advanced partnerships with St. Joseph’s Health in Paterson and RWJBarnabas Health in the City of Newark.
The $41.4 million project will receive $22 million in mortgage financing from NJHMFA, $1.6 million from the NJHMFA Special Needs Housing Trust Fund, and $6 million from the Hospital Partnership Subsidy Program, as well as $3 million from University Hospital and $300,000 in HOME funds from the City of Newark. The project developer is also seeking federal 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits. NJHMFA administers this program which generates private equity.
Construction is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2021 and be completed by the spring of 2023. (Insider NJ, May 19, 2021)
NLIHC Launches Emergency Rental Assistance Tools
Including ERA Dashboard and Program Table
NLIHC launched new Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) tools to monitor trends in how ERA programs are operating and to help renters find assistance. These tools include an ERA Dashboard on how many and which programs are implementing best practices and an updated ERA program table to help renters locate programs in their areas. These tools include programs funded by the $25 billion Treasury ERA program appropriated by the December 2020 Consolidated Appropriations Act (ERA1). The resources will also soon include data from the $21.6 billion appropriated by the American Rescue Plan (ERA2). As of May 12, 2021, NLIHC identified 344 emergency rental assistance programs, including 47 statewide programs, funded through the $25 billion Treasury ERA program.

CMS Issues Guidance on American Rescue Plan Funding
for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance on how states can receive enhanced funding, provided through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), to increase access to home and community based services (HCBS) for Medicaid beneficiaries. These benefits provide critical services to millions of older adults and individuals with disabilities, allowing them to receive health services in their homes and communities, rather than in nursing homes and other institutions. Today’s guidance is a key tool to assist states in leveraging federal resources to increase health equity in Medicaid beneficiaries’ access to HCBS, positive health outcomes, and community integration.

Section 9817 of the ARP provides states with a temporary 10 percentage point increase to the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) for certain Medicaid HCBS from April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022 to improve HCBS under the Medicaid program. The guidance that was issued to states via a State Medicaid Director Letter outlines the eligible services and parameters for which states can claim the increased FMAP, and provides examples of activities that states can implement to enhance, expand, or strengthen HCBS.
CMS Data Shows Vulnerable Americans Forgoing
Mental Health Care During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released data highlighting the continued impact the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) is having on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries and utilization of health services. The data show that, from March through October 2020, beneficiaries have foregone millions of primary, preventive, and mental health care visits due to the COVID-19 PHE, compared to the same time period in 2019. Although utilization rates for some treatments have rebounded to pre-pandemic levels, mental health services show the slowest rebound.

This decline in utilization is occurring at a time when preliminary evidence shows mental health conditions have worsened nationwide. The gap in service utilization due to the PHE, particularly for mental health services, may have a substantial impact on long-term health outcomes. Medicaid and CHIP-funded mental health services, in addition to primary and preventative services, cover the majority of children, people living in poverty, and those with special health care needs. Medicaid and CHIP also cover millions of racial and ethnic minorities.

To help close this gap in services, CMS is emphasizing mental health care in its recently launched Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign, a national outreach and enrollment initiative funded under the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) and the Affordable Care Act, that reaches out to families with children and teens eligible for Medicaid and CHIP.

Anti-Poverty Network of NJ
Joins Forces with New Jersey Citizen Action
NEWARK, NJ – The Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey (APN) and New Jersey Citizen Action (NJCA) are excited to announce that APN will be uniting with NJCA. After 21 successful years of ensuring a strong safety net for New Jerseyans in deep poverty, APN is proud to become a program within NJCA and expand its advocacy and organizing capabilities.

Since its founding in 1999, APN has played a critical role in addressing the conditions surrounding and perpetuating poverty, focusing on hunger, housing and economic empowerment, working alongside NJCA and other advocates. Recently, APN has been a key partner among coalitions lead by NJCA and others to also enact a $15 state minimum wage, expand and increase tax credits for working families, pass paid sick days for low-wage workers, expand paid family leave, and ensure affordable access to health coverage.

Legislation Proposed as NJ Health Emergency May End, Protections on Evictions and Utilities Likely to Remain
New Jersey’s public health emergency order will expire, but Gov. Phil Murphy may still retain many of the broad powers he used to control the COVID-19 pandemic, under a bill cleared Tuesday by a key Assembly committee.

Tuesday’s formal introduction of that bill and the first votes on the COVID-19 emergency legislation came just days after Murphy issued an executive order that extended an ongoing public health emergency for another 30 days. The legislation passed by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Tuesday calls for leaving in place more than a dozen emergency measures implemented by the governor during a public health emergency that first began more than 14 months ago when the first cases of the coronavirus were detected in New Jersey.

Among the orders that would remain in effect until Jan. 1, 2022 are those related to face coverings, evictions, utility shutoffs, vaccines, rulemaking and hospital data reporting, the bill says. Other orders would expire within 30 days of the legislation being enacted, according to the text. (NJ Spotlight, May 17, 2021)
Utility Assistance Week Resources
With the possibility of the utility shutoff moratorium ending soon, it is important to share the following information with those facing challenges paying utilities bills. The NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU) is highlighting a variety of energy assistance programs during their “Utility Assistance Week,” which runs this week until May 21st.
Please share this BPU Energy Assistance flyer (also available in Spanish) with your networks and communities.
For additional information about New Jersey’s Utility Assistance programs, visit the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
The following excerpted article from PD&R’s online magazine, The Edge, offers insights on addressing housing needs learned during the pandemic and converting hotels into shelter or housing.

As the COVID-19 virus spread in the United States in early 2020, governments took extraordinary measures to try and curtail the pathogen’s spread, imposing lockdowns, restricting travel, and recommending social distancing. These factors emptied hotels of travelers, which prompted some jurisdictions to shelter or house individuals experiencing homelessness in the newly available rooms. Such efforts in California, Vermont, the city of Seattle, and elsewhere represent an attempt to protect a vulnerable population at a time when staying home was an especially important part of staying healthy.

Boggs Center Partners In Policymaking
Opens Applications for 2021-2022
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 2021-2022 Partners in Policymaking sessions are currently scheduled to take place using a hybrid model that combines virtual learning through the use of online technology and potentially in-person training sessions. While we hope to be able to meet in person in January, the situation will be monitored and accommodations to continue with virtual learning will be made as needed. 

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 2021-2022. 

Applications must be received by June 25, 2021.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by July 30, 2021.  
For additional information visit the The Boggs Center's NJ Partners in Policymaking.
Resources & Virtual Forums
Take a Break and Have Fun
at Foothold Technology Virtual Trivia June 2nd
Wednesday June 2nd 1:00 PM ET

Join Foothold Technology for a virtual trivia session and connect with others in the community as you have fun answering questions.

Get all the details in the attached flyer and sign up today!
SobelCo Launches New Informative Video Series
SobelCo Insights is a newly launched series of brief, insightful videos addressing important updates and relevant topics that will be released weekly.

This week's topic: Diversity and Inclusion

Please join Brad Muniz, SobelCo, and Cornell Thomas, Cornell Thomas LLC, as they discuss the importance of Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace.
Emergency Housing Vouchers Webinar Series
May and June 2021
Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs) represent an exciting opportunity for collaboration between Continuums of Care (CoCs) and local Public Housing Authorities (PHAs). To help PHAs and CoCs prepare for these vouchers, HUD is hosting a series of webinars over the next few weeks. These webinars will highlight key elements of PIH Notice 2021-15: Emergency Housing Vouchers – Operating Requirements.

On May 10, 2021, HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) sent letters to 696 PHAs, inviting these PHAs to administer 70,000 EHVs. A list of PHAs invited to administer the vouchers is available at the Emergency Housing Vouchers page on

Registration and Schedule

Participants must register for each webinar individually. To register, click the webinar titles to access each webinar registration page.

May 25, 2021
3:00 - 4:30 PM EDT

June 1, 2021
3:00 - 4:30 PM EDT
Training Point of Contact
If you have any questions about the webinar series, please contact

Additional Information
Visit the page Emergency Housing Vouchers page for additional information and resources.
New NJHMFA Webinars in Morris, Sussex, Warren and Ocean: The Road Home New Jersey for Homebuyers
Looking to Buy Your First Home?

The Road Home New Jersey webinar series provides a roadmap for homebuyers in New Jersey to learn and ask questions about the home purchase process as well as available programs in the state and featured municipality. Join a panel of industry professionals who will discuss: 
  • $10,000 Down Payment Assistance Program for First-time Homebuyers  
  • Credit Impact and how to access your report  
  • Mortgage Lending Guidance 
  • Current Market Trends 
  • Housing Counseling 
  • Importance of Hiring a Realtor 
  • Importance of Using an Attorney 
Registration is required for these virtual events. 

Visit the NJHMFA website for more upcoming webinar dates at
Morris, Sussex,
and Warren Counties

May 25, 2021 | 7:00-8:00 PM

Ocean County

May 27, 2021 | 7:00-8:00 PM

Two Center for Non-Profits Events for
Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism

Tuesday, May 25 | 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Yvette Murry of YRM Consulting and Keith Timko of the Support Center will lead this session on the necessary and sustained commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn how to keep going even through missteps and major challenges, celebrate victories along the way and explore the opportunities real inclusion can lead to. Bring your own questions and concerns for an open and meaningful conversation on how to incorporate anti-racism into every aspect of your organization.

Thursday, June 3 | 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Non-profits are uniquely positioned to advance equity and anti-racism by advocating for public policies that will create systemic change.

Hear from the state’s leading advocates about how your organization can promote policies to make New Jersey more just and equitable for all residents.
NJ Long Term Care Ombudsperson
Reviews LGBTQ+ Rights Under New Bill
June 1, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET

Join a review of what NJS2545 means for LTC communities and their care providers. including a downloadable planning guide and Q&A with Special guest, NJ LTC Ombudsperson Laurie Brewer

New Jersey's S2545 establishes specific rights and certain requirements for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, undesignated/non-binary, questioning, queer, intersex, and HIV-positive residents of long-term care facilities.

Learn about the bill and how it will affect long-term care communities and providers, timing for implementation, training and, protocols and procedures required to create affirming LGBTQ+ services and environments.

New Jersey Long-term Care Ombudsperson Laurie Brewer will discuss why the bill is necessary, implementation, and the procedures expected to respond to violations and investigations.
NJ Vocational Rehabilitation Council Open Forums in June
The New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVRS) and its State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) will be conducting virtual public forums during the month of June 2021. 

Topics to be covered:
  • Service provision during the current public health emergency.
  • What’s working during these challenging times?
  • Coordination and provision of Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS).
  • Service provision to individuals who have high support needs.
  • Other employment related issues that impact individuals who have disabilities.

Friday, June 4, 2021
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Register by: Friday, May 21, 2021
Thursday, June 10, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am
Register by: Friday, May 27, 2021
Comments: If you want to provide written comments,
they should be emailed to .
Accommodation: Requests for accommodations must be made by the May 21st registration deadline. Requests should go to
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Advocate ● Educate ● Support
The Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey unites its diverse coalition of members engaging development, resources, and information to sustain supportive housing systems within New Jersey. Since 1998, our statewide mission seeks to enhance lives and accessibility to enable independent living within our communities.
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