The SHAre:

November 16, 2023

Volume: 266

In this Week's Edition


DCA’s Office of Homelessness Prevention Shares Progress in Reducing

and Preventing Homelessness


NJHMFA Approves Foreclosure

Intervention Program


HHS Releases New Report on

Older Adult Homelessness


FHFA Releases Report on

Federal Home Loan Bank System at 100


Stephen M. Sweeney

Center for Special Services

Breaks Ground on Housing Complex


Repurposing Underutilized Strip Malls

to Create Multifamily Housing


New Paper From Harvard

Examines Impacts and Efforts for Policymakers on Accessory Dwelling Units


Affordable New Jersey

Communities for Homeowners and Renters (ANCHOR) Tax Relief Program 2023


Enterprise & Wells Fargo

Name Winners of the 2023 Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge


DDD Update: Proposed

Readoption with Amendments


Survey on Supportive Housing

Operational Challenges


New Jersey Land Bank Launch

Scholarship for Two Communities

Deadline Extended to December 1st


Medicare Open Enrollment Runs Until Dec. 7th

Resources & Events

Rutgers School of Health Professions (SHP)

CSS Documentation Training

November 29, 2023


OPIA Hosting Focus Groups

on Health & Healthcare

November 27 - 30, 2023


DDD Updates:

Information Sessions on

DDD Self-Directed Employee Models

November 27 & 29, 2023


Withum Annual Healthcare Symposium

December 6, 2023


Zero Suicide Institute

Academies for Mental Health and

Substance Use Disorder Treatment Agencies

December 5-6, 13-14, 2023

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DCA’s Office of Homelessness Prevention

Shares Significant Progress in

Reducing and Preventing Homelessness

Latest Annual Report and Update Brief Highlights

Nearly 25 Percent Reduction in Unsheltered Homelessness

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) issued the Office of Homelessness Prevention annual report and update brief, highlighting the significant strides that have been made to address homelessness and housing insecurity in New Jersey, putting the State within striking distance of its goal to reduce unsheltered homelessness by 25 percent statewide by 2025.

Speaking at a press conference at the main office of HomeFront in Lawrenceville, DCA Acting Commissioner Jacquelyn A. Suárez highlighted new data showing a 23.4 percent reduction in unsheltered homelessness and a 28.9 percent increase in access to prevention programs – programs that work with people in crisis to keep them from ever becoming homeless – so far this year compared to 2022.

The press conference coincided with the release of the 2023 Statewide Office of Homelessness Prevention (OHP) Update Brief and the 2022 Office of Homelessness Prevention Annual Report, offering insights into the scope, demographics, causes, and trends related to homelessness across the state. Michael Callahan, director of the OHP, presented key findings from the report, including that eviction was the second most common cause of homelessness in 2022, accounting for 16.44 percent of cases. Job loss and household breakups were also major contributing factors.

The report outlines a multifaceted approach to homelessness prevention that is focused on upstream prevention, rapid rehousing, affordable housing production, income, healthcare access, and addressing racial inequities. In partnership with community service providers, local governments, volunteers, and advocates across the state, the OHP aims to reduce unsheltered homelessness by 25 percent statewide by 2025.

In line with these goals, DCA announced it is working with the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab and Delivery Associates to instruct the executive teams of eight homelessness continuum of care bodies in the state in Data-Driven Decision Making. Also, the Department earlier this year accepted 20,000 households to the wait list for the statewide Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, which is a federally funded program administered by DCA that provides housing subsidies to New Jersey residents so they can obtain quality housing. Of these households, the Department plans to provide approximately 11,542 housing vouchers over the next two years to households at-risk of homelessness and households currently experiencing homelessness.

HomeFront CEO Sarah Steward, who is also a municipal councilmember in Ewing, NJ, emphasized the importance of collaboration between the State, municipalities, and local organizations. HomeFront is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to end homelessness in Central Jersey through prevention programs, emergency shelter, affordable housing, and children and life skills initiatives.

Several other DCA grantees shared success stories of how they are helping New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents through innovative homelessness prevention programs that are designed to remove barriers to benefitting from these programs. They also called for addressing the root causes of homelessness through long-term systems change.

The 2023 Statewide Office of Homelessness Prevention (OHP) Update Brief and the 2022 Office of Homelessness Prevention Annual Report are posted at on the DCA website.

In addition to homelessness prevention, DCA offers a wide range of programs and services, including affordable housing production, local government management and finance, fire safety, building safety, community planning and development, disaster recovery and mitigation, historic preservation, and information privacy.

NJHMFA Approves Foreclosure Intervention Program

TRENTON - The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) approved the Residential Foreclosure Intervention Program (FIP) at its October 19 board meeting. The FIP will enable qualified non-profits to rehabilitate vacant or abandoned residential properties and sell them to low-, moderate-, or middle-income households.

In conjunction with the Emergency Rescue Mortgage Assistance Program (ERMA), which has already delivered more than $110 million in relief to prevent foreclosures, the FIP is part of NJHMFA’s efforts to offer communities a wide range of solutions to combat foreclosure contagion and increase the stock of available homes for purchase by low-to-moderate income families.

The FIP is financed by fees collected during sheriff sales and supplemented with $25 million from the state’s allocation of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. From these funds, nonprofit community development organizations are eligible for up to $400,000 per property in grants to use for the acquisition and rehabilitation of single-family homes, townhomes, or condominiums.

After these properties are rehabilitated by nonprofit community development organizations, they will be sold to low-, moderate-, or middle-income households. To help these eligible families complete home purchases, NJHMFA offers up to $22,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance through its successful Down Payment Assistance (DPA) Program.

NJHMFA’s share of the proceeds will be deposited back into the Foreclosure Intervention Fund to ensure that the program grows with its successes. Grantee applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with the program’s initial round of financing expected to benefit 60 properties.  

Interested non-profits seeking to rehabilitate properties through the FIP are encouraged to visit or reach out to for more information.

HHS Releases New Report on Older Adult Homelessness

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation released a report about what is known about the older adult homeless population, their needs, and available supportive services to address these needs.

The number of older adults at risk of and currently experiencing homelessness has increased rapidly in recent years, a trend that is projected to continue and further accelerate (Culhane et al., 2013; Culhane et al., 2019). Older adults at risk of or experiencing homelessness have unique needs compared to other populations experiencing homelessness. As a first step in understanding how to address the needs of this population, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation contracted with Westat to conduct a study of what is known about older adults experiencing homelessness, including an examination of the size, characteristics, and needs of this vulnerable population and the services, housing, and supports needed and available to serve them. The study included an environmental scan of published research, evaluations, and white papers as well as discussions with subject matter experts, housing and service providers, and people with lived experience of homelessness as older adults.

This report provides a roadmap for understanding the population of older adults at risk of or experiencing homelessness and what services and supports are available to serve them. Using an equity lens, we examine these topics with attention to what is known about racial and ethnic groups disproportionately impacted by homelessness. We highlight the challenges older adults face in accessing the assistance available; innovative practices, especially those implemented during the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, that could ease these challenges; and remaining gaps that need to be filled to effectively tackle the problem. We end with recommendations to better identify and serve older adults at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

Older adults are the fastest-growing age group of those experiencing homelessness, composing nearly half of the homeless population (Kushel, 2022) and their numbers are estimated to triple by 2030 (Culhane et al., 2019). Older adults are especially vulnerable to homelessness as many live on fixed incomes insufficient to cover all their expenses, especially housing expenses (Sermons & Henry, 2010). Half of renters ages 50 and older pay more than 30 percent of their income on housing (Joint Center for Housing Studies, 2018). 

FHFA Releases Report on

Federal Home Loan Bank System at 100

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its report on the FHLBank System at 100: Focusing on the Future initiative, the Agency’s comprehensive review of the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) System in anticipation of the System’s centennial in 2032.

The FHLBank System at 100: Focusing on the Future initiative featured robust public engagement over the course of the past year, including listening sessions and regional roundtables as well as multiple opportunities for written input from stakeholders. FHFA drew on the feedback received through this public engagement along with its own extensive analysis when preparing the report, which includes recommendations for how the FHLBank System could effectively fulfill its mission. FHFA expects the initiative to continue as a multi-year, collaborative effort with stakeholders to address the recommended actions in the report.

FHLBank System at 100: Focusing on the Future Fact Sheet

Stephen M. Sweeney Center for Special Services

Breaks Ground on Housing Complex

Adults with developmental disabilities may soon be able to live on the campus of Rowan College of South Jersey while having access to medical, employment and behavioral health services.

The housing units, set to be built within two years, are the latest addition to the RCSJ Academy for Neurodiversity at the Stephen M. Sweeney Center for Special Services. The new program offers a suite of services ranging from employment, education and workforce training to medical, mental and behavioral health services. People also have access to legal advocacy, transportation and recreation services. The goal is to give people with developmental disabilities these needed services all at the same location. SHA Member, Housing Authority Of Gloucester County is also a partner in this new endeavor.

“Most importantly, what we’re trying to do is showcase this as … the services that can be available for people that have special needs,” Sweeney, the former president of the state Senate said in an interview Wednesday. State and community leaders broke ground for the new housing complex in Deptford Township. The academy is a collaboration “that should be a national model for integrating lifelong services for the developmentally disabled,” Sweeney said in a statement detailing the new project.

Repurposing Underutilized Strip Malls

to Create Multifamily Housing

Enterprise’s Senior Research Analyst Ahmad Abu-Khalaf published a white paper, titled “Repurposing Underutilized Strip Malls to Create Multifamily Housing.” Highlighting two successful examples from California and New York, the white paper examines how drops in demand for smaller shopping centers, which include strip malls, offer an important opportunity to repurpose vacant and underutilized commercial sites with strip malls into affordable multifamily housing or mixed-use developments with affordable homes, which is a promising strategy that can help state and local jurisdictions ease their housing affordability and supply challenges. Additionally, the white paper estimates that repurposing the best-suited 10% of the nation’s 947.5 million square feet of strip mall space for redevelopment could create over 700,000 new multifamily homes across the U.S. The white paper and its findings have been covered by Business Insider and Fast Company. For more information, view a Q&A blog post that features Amy Casciani, real estate developer who co-led the conversion of a former retail box store into affordable senior housing in Irondequoit, New York; and Kyle Paine, president of Community Development Partners, who co-led the conversion of a former strip mall site into a

mixed-use development with affordable homes in Santa Ana, California.

New Paper From Harvard Examines Impacts and Efforts for Policymakers on Accessory Dwelling Units

The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) released a paper that examines learnings from state and local efforts to increase accessory dwelling units (ADUs), which can help policymakers considering changes to their ADU-related regulations. ADUs, which are also referred to as in-law suites, granny flats, or casitas, are self-contained residential dwellings located on the same parcel as a primary, larger residential dwelling that is typically a single-family home. The paper notes that, while several localities nationwide have had limited ADU development due to regulatory barriers, many states and localities have adopted zoning reforms over the past 20 years to allow by-right approval of ADUs that meet size, massing, and use standards. According to the JCHS analysis, these zoning changes have significantly increased ADU permits in states like California and Oregon, with California permits growing from less than 1,300 units in 2016 to 25,000 units in 2022. The paper points to recently passed ADU-related laws and zoning changes that have been less successful at increasing ADU development in New England states due to limitations, such as occupancy restrictions, lack of by-right approval, and parking requirements. The paper closes with insights for states considering changes to ADU-related laws, such as the importance of deciding between a comprehensive regulatory reform that would likely produce more ADUs while limiting the restrictions local communities can impose on ADU development, or an incremental approach with no major limits on local regulatory control over ADU development that will likely produce fewer ADUs.

For related content, read this issue brief from Enterprise on strategies to scale ADU development.

Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners

and Renters (ANCHOR) Tax Relief Program 2023

This program provides property tax relief to New Jersey residents who own or rent property in New Jersey as their principal residence and meet certain income limits. The current filing season for the ANCHOR benefit is based on 2020 residency, income, and age.

ANCHOR Hotline 609-826-4282 or 1-888-238-1233  

ANCHOR benefit filing season is under way. Check the status of your benefit.

If you received an "ANCHOR Benefit Confirmation Letter " and did not make any updates to your application by September 30, 2023, no further changes can be made to your application at this time. Payments will be issued on a rolling basis. Most applicants can expect to receive their payment approximately 90 days after filing the application, unless we request additional information to process your claim.

Filing Deadline

There is still plenty of time to file. You have until Friday, December 29, 2023, to file an application.

How to Apply

Taxpayers who received a green or purple filing packet  should follow the instructions in the packet to apply for their benefit. If you meet the qualifications for the benefit based on 2020 residency, income, and age eligibility - but you did not receive a packet from us - you may still apply for the program. Most homeowners may file online or by phone with an identification number (ID) and PIN. However, if you bought your home in 2020, altered your deed, or had certain life changes such as a divorce or death of a spouse, you must file an application by mail. Renters may file using the online option. They do not need an ID and PIN

Scam Alert

Scammers often send you texts or emails to steal your identity. The NJ Treasury will never initiate a text exchange to request personally identifiable information regarding your ANCHOR benefitContact the NJ State Treasury directly before providing personal information in response to communications you receive claiming to be related to the ANCHOR program.

Enterprise & Wells Fargo Name Winners of the

2023 Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge

 A workforce development program that prepares students for homeownership and professional careers in high-demand trades; a new way of financing housing in rural communities like the Mississippi Delta; and a new construction technology that reduces the carbon footprint of aging multifamily buildings.

These innovations are among the six winners of the 2023 Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge, named this week by Enterprise and the Wells Fargo Foundation. Each winner will receive a grant of $2M to $3M to advance and scale their housing solutions. Winners emerged from an initial pool of 430 nationwide proposals and prevailed across a three-round competition culminating in a live pitch event in Washington, D.C.

DDD Update: Proposed Readoption with Amendments

Proposed Readoption with Amendments: N.J.A.C 10:46DContribution to Care and Maintenance Requirements, was published on the New Jersey Department of Human Services Proposed Rules and Amendments page on November 6, 2023. There is a 60-day formal public comment period, which ends January 5, 2024.


Written comments may be submitted as follows:



USPS Mail: Carol Jones, Administrative Practice Officer, Division of Developmental Disabilities, PO Box 726, Trenton, NJ 08625-0726

Fax: 609-341-2451

Survey on Supportive Housing Operational Challenges

CSH wants to collaborate with you to identify and address operational hurdles in supportive housing. Please take this brief survey to help make sure we are including your perspective as a supportive housing provider.

The survey should take at most 10 minutes. 

Not a supportive housing service provider, property manager, developer, or owner, or do you want to include others in your network? 

Here is the survey's direct link to share with your network: 

New Jersey Land Bank Launch

Scholarship for Two Communities

Deadline Extended to December 1st

The Network in partnership with the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) invites applications for the New Jersey Land Bank Launch Scholarship. Two communities will be selected through a competitive application process to receive no-cost technical assistance to explore and ultimately implement new land banks in the Garden State.


Applications are due Friday,

December 1st at 5:00pm

In communities across the country, land banks have proven to be a powerful tool to address vacant, abandoned and deteriorated properties and advance equitable revitalization outcomes consistent with community goals. New Jersey communities can implement land banks, guided by the New Jersey Land Bank Law, in pursuit of their local housing and revitalization goals.

Through this scholarship program, Community Progress and HCDNNJ will support the exploration of land banks in two communities in New Jersey. The engagement will assess the feasibility of a land bank as an effective tool and provide observations on key complementary systems that touch problem properties (such as delinquent property tax foreclosure and code enforcement systems).

Scholarship details and application instructions can be found in the New Jersey Land Bank Launch Scholarship overview and at Community Progress’ website.

If you have any questions about the New Jersey Land Bank Launch Scholarship, please contact Matt Hersh at or Liz Kozub at

Medicare Open Enrollment Runs Until December 7th

Medicare Open Enrollment runs through December 7, 2023. During this time, your clients can review and compare their options for health and prescription drug coverage. After checking their options, they can enroll or switch plans for the coming year. Changes will take effect on January 1, 2024

If your clients are satisfied with the current health care coverage and it will be available in 2024, they do not need to take any action. For more information or to compare plans, your clients may visit or call 1-800-MEDICARE. 

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

Resources & Virtual Forums

Rutgers School of Health Professions (SHP)

CSS Documentation Training 

The Rutgers School of Health Professions (SHP) is offering their CSS Documentation Training that will provide licensed Community Support Services (CSS) providers (e.g., LCSW, LPC, LSW, LAC, RN) with instructions on CSS policies and practices and documentation standards. This training is intended for licensed staff (according to supervision guidelines) and Registered Nurses responsible for completing the CRNAs and IRPs for their agencies who have NEVER attended a CSS training OR who feel they need further training to complete these documents. CSS provider agencies should limit registration to 1 to 2 staff. 


This CSS Clinician Documentation training will review CSS interventions, psychiatric rehabilitation goals, values, and principles, the comprehensive rehabilitation needs assessment (CRNA), and the individualized rehabilitation plan (IRP). Sessions will be small enough to provide participants with practice opportunities. 


The CSS Clinician Documentation training will be offered in-person and remotely

  • The training will be in-person on Busch Campus at Rutgers University on December 12th from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. 
  • The virtual/remote training option will be offered via Zoom and will be completed in two sessions, scheduled for 2 consecutive Thursdays at the end of November and the beginning of December. Participants must attend both sessions
  • Part 1: November 29th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm 
  • Part 2: December 6th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm 

There will be online content on Canvas to complete before attending either training.  

  • You must complete five asynchronous modules on Canvas by November 27th 2023. These modules should take about 2-3 hours to complete: 
  • Module 1: Overview of Admissions and Documentation 
  • Module 2: CSS Services 
  • Module 3: The Golden Thread of CSS 
  • Module 4: Development of the Rehabilitation Needs Assessment 
  • Module 5: Development of the Individualized Rehabilitation Plan 
  • Staff will receive detailed instructions to sign up for Canvas and complete the pre-requisite modules once registration is completed. 


Registration will close on November 22nd and space is limited, so licensed staff (e.g., LCSW, LPC, LSW, LAC, RN) should register as soon as possible. Registration information must be for the staff attending the training. 


Register for the Clinician Documentation Training 

OPIA Hosting Focus Groups on Health & Healthcare

The Human Services Office of Program Integrity and Accountability (OPIA) is hosting a series of virtual focus groups in November to obtain feedback from families, to help guide efforts related to quality improvement and health outcomes of people served in DHS licensed residences and/or served by DDD provider organizations.


The focus groups will be held via Zoom on the following dates and times:


·         Monday, November 27, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

·         Wednesday, November 29, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

·         Thursday, November 30, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Space is limited, so please register by Monday November 20, 2023.


Register here: Family Focus Group Registration


Note: The November focus groups are intended for families of individuals receiving services from DDD. Focus groups for individuals, providers and mixed stakeholder groups will be scheduled in early 2024.

DDD Updates:

Information Sessions on

DDD Self-Directed Employee Models

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division) offers two Self-Directed Employee (SDE) models that individuals electing to self-direct their services can choose: the Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent Model administered by Public Partnerships, LLC, and the Agency with Choice Model administered by Easterseals NJ. In response to continued interest in these models, informational webinars are once again being offered. Please use the below links for these opportunities. 


Easterseals’ Agency with Choice SDE Model Information Session

Monday November 27, 2023, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Register in advance for this Information Session


Public Partnerships’ Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent SDE Model Information Session

Wednesday November 29, 2023, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Register in advance for this Information Session


To learn more about self-directed services and the two SDE models available through the Division, visit our Self-Directed Services webpage.

Zero Suicide Institute Academies for Mental Health

and Substance Use Disorder Treatment Agencies

DHS announced the opportunity for mental health and substance use disorder treatment agencies to apply to attend one of two upcoming free, virtual Zero Suicide Institute Academies. These are two-day trainings for senior leaders of organizations that seek to prevent deaths by suicide among patients in their care. Using the Zero Suicide framework, you will learn how to incorporate best and promising practices into your organizations’ processes to improve care and safety for individuals at risk, as well as to have the opportunity for follow up consultation and technical assistance as your agency incorporates the practices. The Zero Suicide faculty will provide both interactive presentations and small group sessions, collaborating with participants to develop organization-specific action plans.


The first Academy will take place on December 5 and 6, and this is followed by a second Academy on December 13 and 14. Both applications have a deadline of November 17 and we hope your agency will apply to join the statewide initiative. You can register for an Academy and learn about an upcoming webinar that tells you more about the trainings on the links below:


December 5 and 6 Academy Application

December 13 and 14 Academy Application


If you have any questions, please contact

Withum Symposium Opportunities Fall 2023

Withum Annual Healthcare Symposium

December 6, 2023

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