The SHAre:

October 14, 2022

Volume: 210

In this Week's Edition


Member Meeting Recap


Social Security Announces 8.7%

Benefit Increase For 2023


NJ Department Of Human Services

Virtual Budget Listening Session

Thursday, November 3, 2022


NJCDD Seeks To Employ Cultural Liaisons


 FEMA Assistance For Accessibility

Items For Homeowners And Renters


Enterprise Launches Innovative Fund

Addressing Wealth Building For Renters


New Funding Opportunity:

Thriving Communities

Technical Assistance NOFO


DMAHS Releases The Statewide

Transition Plan For Public Comment 


Important Dates Voting Reminder


ANCHOR Tax Relief - Apply By Dec. 30th

Resources & Virtual Forums

SSA National Disability Forum

Homelessness: Working with Stakeholders

To Improve Access To SSA

Benefits And Services - Part 2

October 19, 2022


Uncomfortable Truths:

Unpacking Bias and Intersecting Identities

October 20, 2022


Registration Open

2022 Fall Tax Credit Compliance

Certification Course and Exam

October 25-28, 2022


NJ Veteran’s Housing Symposium

November 3, 2022


Inclusion Of People With

Multiple Disabilities And Chronic Illnesses From An Intersectional Perspective

November 10, 2022

Save the Date

24th Annual Supportive

Housing Conference

November 4, 2022

Click here to register for the conference


Next SHA

Developers Meeting

November 14, 2022



Next SHA

Members Meeting

Will resume in 2023


Housing & Community Development Network

of New Jersey

Under One Roof

October 21, 2022

New Brunswick


New Housing Available



New Jobs Available 

DCM Associates is helping Dungarvin, a national organization of privately owned companies dedicated to providing high quality, community-based supports to people with varying support needs, recruit a Regional Director for its New Jersey, Connecticut, and North Carolina locations. The ideal candidate will be an experienced professional in the field of developmental disabilities who is passionate about the mission and values of Dungarvin.

If you would like to express your interest in this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Gregory Nielsen, Managing Director, at If you would like to discuss the opportunity further or would like to recommend a candidate, please contact Dennis C. Miller, Founder & Chairman at

Click here to view the Regional Director candidate profile

24th Annual Supportive
Housing Conference

Friday, November 4, 2022

The Palace at Somerset Park 333 Davidson Ave, Somerset, NJ

New Registration Rates

SHA Members: $165

Non-Members: $200

Family (Non-professionals) / *Students: $110

*Limited scholarships available

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SHA Member Meeting Recap

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our October Member Meeting this week. We covered many topics and appreciate all of our speakers who joined us for updates including:

  • Liz Osborn from Enterprise Community Partners gave a thorough review of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program and its effectiveness at driving housing development. This also covered the implications of advancing LIHTC legislation following the midterm elections and current budget considerations in play.

  • Kerry-Anne Henry from DCF’s Office of Housing shared how DCF has evolved in addressing needs for youth and families, including the creation of the Office of Housing in 2021. The discussion also reviewed how DCF’s OOH focuses on program implementation, capacity building, and system integration.

  • Diane Riley shared the latest on SHA’s new collaboration with the Affordable Housing Data Project and efforts to gather and present data effectively to help drive better development across the state.

  • Michael Callahan from DCA spoke to the upcoming first longitudinal report of the Homelessness Prevention ecosystem within the state expected in December. Renee Koubiadis, also from DCA, followed up with future efforts for establishing statewide standards for housing case management, housing navigation, and resource navigation with surveys and interviews on the way. 

  • Harry Reyes joined us from DMHAS with good news on progress being made increasing Fair Market Rates (FMRs) for rental subsidies, helping improve opportunities in accessing housing as rents have risen. 
SHA Welcomes New & Returning
Members In 2022
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.

Social Security Announces 8.7% Benefit Increase For 2023

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 8.7 percent in 2023, the Social Security Administration announced this week. On average, Social Security benefits will increase by more than $140 per month starting in January.

The 8.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 65 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2023. Increased payments to more than 7 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 30, 2022. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits). The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Click here to view a COLA message from Acting Commissioner Kijakazi.

Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $160,200 from $147,000.

Social Security and SSI beneficiaries are normally notified by mail starting in early December about their new benefit amount.  The fastest way to find out their new benefit amount is to access their personal my Social Security account to view the COLA notice online. It’s secure, easy, and people find out before the mail arrives. People can also opt to receive a text or email alert when there is a new message from Social Security--such as their COLA notice--waiting for them, rather than receiving a letter in the mail. People may create or access their my Social Security account online at

Information about Medicare changes for 2023 is available at For Social Security beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare, their new higher 2023 benefit amount will be available in December through the mailed COLA notice and my Social Security’s Message Center.

The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated. To read more, please visit

NJ Department Of Human Services

Virtual Budget Listening Session

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Thursday, November 3, 2022 | 1:00 PM

New Jerseyans can offer verbal or written testimony to inform the Department of Human Services budget for 2023-24.

To accommodate as many speaks as possible, verbal testimony can be no more than


Email for a time slot reservation. Include your full name, phone number and organization, if applicable. Sign language and captioning will be provided. Please note any other accommodations needed to participate in your email.

NJCDD Seeks To Employ Cultural Liaisons

The NJCDD defines a Cultural Liaison as an individual from a diverse background within the I/DD community who utilizes their own network of community contacts and resources such as family/friends, religious institutions/ faith-based places of worship, school/college/trade school, employment/volunteer, memberships/associations, and leagues/clubs AND connects their network to the NJCDD and other resources for information related to disability services and supports.

Helps link individuals and families with supportive resources and services through the NJCDD and DD Act Partners

Supports individuals and families in the community by sharing information and identify linkages using lived experiences

Assists the NJCDD in connecting with diverse communities and stakeholders and helps identify any barriers in accessing these communities and/or the needed services or information

Shares knowledge of positive as well as negative experiences in connections with NJCDD and/or accessing or receiving services

Click here to take a survey expressing

your interest in applying for this role.

FEMA Assistance For Accessibility

Items For Homeowners And Renters

If you or a member of your household use adaptive or accessibility items that were damaged by a disaster, you may be eligible for FEMA assistance.


FEMA recognizes adaptive or accessibility items are an important part of your disaster recovery process and will enable you to maintain and/or re-establish your independence and quality of life after disaster.

FEMA assistance for specific accessibility items does not count toward your Housing Assistance or Personal Property maximum awards, and is limited to the following:

For homeowners:

·        Exterior ramp

·        Grab bars, and

·        Paved pathway to the home’s entrance from a vehicle.

For homeowners and renters:

·        Accessible beds

·        Raised toilet seats and shower chairs

·        Accessible refrigerators and washers

·        Computers or adaptive technology, such as screen readers or adapted keyboards

·        Motorized or manual wheelchairs, or walkers

·        Visual and/or vibrating fire signals

·        Assistance for other damaged accessibility items or medical equipment such as CPAP, oxygen supplies, and catheters may be covered by FEMA's Medical and Dental Assistance.

For more information, visit or call FEMA's Helpline at 800-621-3362.  ASL Interpretation

Enterprise Launches Innovative Fund

Addressing Wealth Building For Renters

Enterprise launched the Renter Wealth Creation Fund, a first-of-its-kind innovation designed to provide renters the wealth building opportunities traditionally limited to homeowners while preserving up to $1 billion in affordable and workforce homes. The fund offers a return for investors and upward mobility for renters, who earn both immediate cash back for on-time rent payments and the opportunity to receive a share of the profits if the property is refinanced or sold for a profit. Additionally, properties in which the fund invests will offer resident services focused on promoting upward mobility. President of Enterprise’s Capital Division Lori Chatman notes that the Renter Wealth Creation Fund, which is informed by renters, will offer returns to investors, stability to property owners and wealth-building opportunities for renters. For more information, here is an exclusive coverage of the fund’s launch by Axios.

New Funding Opportunity:

Thriving Communities Technical Assistance NOFO

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced the availability of $5 million for the Thriving Communities Technical Assistance program. This technical assistance will focus on enabling jurisdictions to consider housing needs and boost supply as part of their larger infrastructure investment plans. Technical assistance providers are eligible to apply, and there will be a separate process for jurisdictions to request technical assistance from those providers once providers are selected.

To apply, visit:

Applications are due on Tuesday, November 22, 2022.

DMAHS Releases The Statewide

Transition Plan For Public Comment 

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule to ensure that Medicaid's home and community-based services (HCBS) programs provide beneficiaries full access to the benefits of integrated community living and person-centered care. Known as the HCBS Settings Rule, the rule was established to support the delivery of high quality HCBS in state Medicaid programs and to provide certain protections to participants. In describing the rule's intent, CMS emphasized individuals having full access to the benefits of community living and the opportunity to receive services in the most integrated setting.

The Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS) has released the updated Statewide Transition Plan for public comment. The Statewide Transition Plan, including Addendums, describes how New Jersey will comply with the HCBS Settings Rule and can be found on the DMAHS Statewide Transition Plan Website. Alternatively the link to the public notice and current Statewide Transition Plan can be found here

Other helpful links:

Contains HCBS Webinars, Resources for Individuals and Families, Corrective Action Plan and Survey Templates for Providers.

Also contains DDD’s NJ Statewide Transition Plan “At a Glance”

Contains Statewide Transition Plan Addendums, Crosswalks, etc.

Public comment can be submitted to through November 7, 2022. 

Important Dates Voting Reminder

New Jersey offers online voter registration. You can register by mail to vote in New Jersey by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your County Commissioner of Registration/Superintendent of Elections. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

Check registration status · Register to vote

What are key deadlines for the November 2022 election?

Registration deadlines

Absentee ballot deadlines

Voting deadlines

ANCHOR Tax Relief Deadline To Apply Dec. 30th

Attention ANCHOR Applicants

The deadline for filing your ANCHOR benefit application is December 30, 2022. We will begin paying ANCHOR benefits in the late Spring of 2023. ANCHOR payments will be paid in the form of a direct deposit or check, not as credits to property tax bills. We are currently mailing ANCHOR benefit information mailers to homeowners and tenants. Allow until the first week in October to receive your mailer. Homeowners who filed a homestead benefit application last year may be able to obtain their ID and PIN numbers online. Tenants do not need an ID or PIN number to file. Visit the Division’s ANCHOR page for all filing information. Due to high call volume, the ANCHOR and Homestead Benefit Hotline may be unable to take your call at certain times. If that occurs, please try your call at another time. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

More than three million residents are eligible for up to $1,500 in property tax relief under the ANCHOR program.

To be eligible for this year's benefit, you must have occupied your primary residence on October 1st, 2019. You must also file (or be exempt from) NJ income taxes. Payments will be sent no later than May 2023. The deadline for filing is December 30th, 2022. ANCHOR replaces the Homestead Benefit program.


You are considered a homeowner if, on October 1, 2019, you:

  • Owned a house,
  • Owned a condominium and paid property taxes on your unit;
  • Were a resident shareholder of a cooperative housing complex;
  • Were a resident of a continuing care retirement community and your continuing care contract requires you to pay the proportionate share of property taxes attributable to your unit.

You do not qualify if your residence was completely exempt from paying property taxes or you made P.I.L.O.T. (Payments-in-Lieu-of-Tax) payments.


You are considered a tenant if, on October 1, 2019, you:

  • Rented an apartment, condominium, or house;
  • Rented or owned a mobile home located in a mobile home park.

You do not qualify if you lived in tax-exempt, subsidized, or campus housing.

Resources & Virtual Forums

SSA National Disability Forum

Homelessness: Working with Stakeholders

To Improve Access To SSA Benefits And Services - Part 2

Join the next National Disability Forum, Homelessness: Working with Stakeholders to Improve Access to SSA Benefits and Services Part 2. The forum will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, via Microsoft (MS) Teams. 

The purpose of this forum is to learn from researchers, stakeholders, advocates, and the public about how we can improve access to our benefits and services for people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.

Discussion topics for Part 2 include:

  • Challenges obtaining medical records;
  • Tips and considerations for disability case adjudicators; and
  • Transitioning out of housing insecurity.

Joy Moses, Director for the Homelessness Research Institute, National Alliance to End Homelessness, will moderate the forum.  Confirmed Panelists include:

  • Yvonne Perret, Founder, SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR)
  • Richard Cho, PhD., Senior Advisor, U.S. Housing and Urban Development
  • Michele Levy, Managing Attorney, Homeless Advocacy Project
  • Claire Ramsey, Chief Deputy Director, California Department of Social Services
  • Katie League, COVID-19 Project Manager (Policy Team), National Health Care for the Homeless Council

To participate in the forum, please register by Monday, October 17, 2022. After we receive your registration, you will receive an email with the MS Teams information.  

We are gathering information from our stakeholders about the forum’s topics through Engage SSA, an online feedback tool. Information can be provided until Friday, November 4, 2022.

We want to hear your ideas about:

  • Privacy and improving medical records of people experiencing homelessness;
  • Access to benefits applications for the sheltered and unsheltered;
  • Addressing how SSA can better maintain contact with individuals experiencing housing insecurity.

If you have not used Engage SSA, please see the Engage SSA guide for details. While a login is required, all responses are anonymous, unless you choose to provide contact information.

We hope you can join us, and we look forward to your participation. To learn more about the National Disability Forum, please visit

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Uncomfortable Truths:

Unpacking Bias and Intersecting Identities

Thursday, October 20, 2022 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM

In this brief introduction to implicit bias, participants will begin to look at how our identities, cultural backgrounds, and lived experiences inform how we interact with difference. Participants will explore intersectional identities through a lens of disability justice and walk away with one tool to begin to challenge our inner scripts that perpetuate stereotypes and ableism.

Click here to register for the webinar

Registration Open

2022 Fall Tax Credit Compliance Certification Course and Exam

October 25-28, 2022

The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency is pleased to sponsor a 4-day Tax Credit Compliance Certification Course and Exam to be held October 25-28, 2022 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Hamilton, NJ.


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

Event Details

  • Compliance Certification Course Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 25 thru Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022
  • Compliance Certification Course Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day
  • HCCP Exam/Retake Date: Friday., Oct. 28, 2022
  • HCCP Exam/Retake Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn - Hamilton; 800 US Highway 130, Hamilton, NJ 08691

Event Fees

  • Compliance Certification Course ONLY: $575
  • Compliance Certification Course & HCCP Exam: $700
  • Compliance Certification Course & HCCP Exam Retake: $675

Proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test will be required from all conference registrants during the conference hours.

Click Here to Register

Registration ends September 23, 2022




(Substitutions will be permitted until September 23, 2022) 

Please contact Johanna Pena.


If you have any questions, please contact Johanna Peña at

NJ Veteran’s Housing Symposium

Presented by: The NJ American Legion & the Dept. of Veteran Affairs

Hosted By: Stockton University

Stockton University’s Atlantic City Campus 

3711 Atlantic Ave. Atlantic City, NJ

November 3rd, 2022 | 10:00 am – 2:00pm

This event will host presenters on a national and regional level who are subject matter experts in affordable housing and at-risk Veterans. This is a learning and networking experience for all person’s interested in assisting our Nation’s struggling Veteran population.

Click here to register for the event

Inclusion Of People With Multiple Disabilities And

Chronic Illnesses From An Intersectional Perspective

Thursday, November 10, 2022 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Kris McElroy is a biracial Black autistic transman living with multiple disabilities and chronic illnesses. Kris is a freelance writer, artist, and advocate currently living in the Baltimore suburbs of Maryland with his wife and daughter. He also loves taking part in adaptive sports and adventures, cooking, making cards for the Chronic Warrior Collective, and spending time with family.  

Over the past 15 years, Kris has been a cast member of the Telling This Truth Theatrical Production for trauma survivors; has self-published several books and workbooks; took part in multiple art shows across the country; is a public speaker; and has worked in the nonprofit industry serving the mental health and disability communities in various roles as a human services professional. Kris earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland and his master’s degree in Multidisciplinary Human Services from Capella University. Currently, Kris is working on a new project to create resources for parents living with disabilities and neurodivergent parents.

Click here to register for the webinar

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