The SHAre:

September 22, 2022

Volume: 207

In this Week's Edition


News


HUD News


New Grant Funds For Construction And Ongoing Project-Based Rental Assistance

For Low-Income Seniors

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HUD Announces Final ESG-CV Reallocations

Totaling $52 Million, $5.7 Million Going To NJ

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HUD Releases Annual

Homelessness Assessment Report

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HUD Updates Public Housing

Agency Disaster Readiness,

Response, And Guidebook

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DDD Hosts Meeting Reviewing 

HCBS Statewide Transition Plan

September 30, 2022

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DCF RFP Intensive Mobile Treatment For Youth/Young Adults Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities

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ANCHOR Tax Relief

Deadline To Apply Dec. 30th

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Legal Services of New Jersey’s

Poverty Research Institute

Releases True Poverty Tracker

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DDD Updates:

Licensing And Community Care

Program Manuals

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Census Reports Show Drop In Child Poverty

But Also Rise In Poverty Among Older Adults

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Social Security Benefits COLA For 2023

Could Be 8.6% According To Senior Advocates


Resources & Virtual Forums


Webinar:

The Voices of People with Disabilities

and Older Adults - Strengthening

Advocacy in the HCBS Settings Rule

September 23, 2022

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Housing Discrimination Study

Innovative Methodology Project Conference

September 27, 2022

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Aging Infrastructure And

Structural Integrity Of Buildings

September 28, 2022

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Unlearning Ableism:

How to be an Ally with People with Disabilities

September 30, 2022

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NJSILC & CIL Public Forum

On Issues Affecting People With Disabilities

October 4 & 18, 2022

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Registration Open

2022 Fall Tax Credit Compliance

Certification Course and Exam

October 25-28, 2022

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NJ Veteran’s Housing Symposium

November 3, 2022

Save the Date

24th Annual Supportive

Housing Conference


November 4, 2022


Click here to register for the conference

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Next SHA

Members Meeting


October 12, 2022

10:00am - 12:00pm

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Next SHA

Developers Meeting


November 14, 2022

1:00-3:00pm

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NJ Governor's Conference

on Housing & Economic Development


Registration Open!


Sept 29-30, Atlantic City

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Monarch Housing Associates Conference


Housing as a Human Right:

Exploring Partnerships, Innovation, and Equity


October 6, 2022

Hyatt Regency Princeton

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Housing & Community Development Network

of New Jersey


Under One Roof


October 21, 2022

New Brunswick

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Housing Available

Edison

Conference registration is open!

24th Annual Supportive
Housing Conference

Friday, November 4, 2022

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

Get early bird savings before September 23, 2022


SHA Members: $150


Non-Members: $185


Family (Non-professionals) / *Students: $85

*Limited scholarships available


Click here to register for the conference


Get 3 or more registrations and save 25% off entire order

Boost Your Organization As A Sponsor / Exhibitor

Learn how you can share your work with the supportive housing community as a SHA Sponsor or Exhibitor.


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

We gratefully thank our Sponsors and Exhibitors

who empower SHA's annual Conference!

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SHA Member Shout Outs

Shout out to the  North Bergen Housing Authority (NBHA) which has been recognized for its commitment to its residents during the pandemic by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), and is being presented with the prestigious Community Impact Award at the NAHRO National Conference & Exhibition on September 22nd in San Diego.

Shout out to Community Access Unlimited (CAU) who once again partnered with Union County to help young people take the important first steps towards their introduction into professional life through the “Empowering our Youth” summer employment program.

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News

New Grant Funds For Construction And Ongoing Project-Based Rental Assistance For Low-Income Seniors

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the availability of up to $174.6 million in grant funding opportunities through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to support the development of new affordable multifamily rental homes for low-income seniors along with ongoing project rental assistance and supportive services. The grants are offered under HUD’s Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program and will be awarded to non-profit organizations across the country.


HUD will award Section 202 grant funds to non-profit organizations in two forms:

  • Capital Advances
  • Project Rental Assistance Contracts:


In 2021, HUD awarded $143 million in grants to help finance the development of more than 30 new properties and more than 2,100 new rental homes for low-income seniors under the Section 202 program. Changes in this NOFO from the 2021 funding opportunity include:

  • Support for intergenerational households
  • Enhancements that support safer, healthier, more efficient homes
  • Emphasis on deconcentrating poverty


Applications are due January 25, 2023.

 

All questions should be directed to HUD: 202CapitalAdvanceNOFO@hud.gov.

HUD Announces Final ESG-CV Reallocations

Totaling $52 Million, $5.7 Million Going To NJ

On September 15, 2022, HUD announced final reallocation amounts for 62 Emergency Solutions Grants Program CARES Act (ESG-CV) recipients totaling $52 million. Review Appendix 1 of Notice CPD-22-06 for information about the reallocation formula, recipient eligibility criteria, as well as minimum and maximum reallocation amounts. New Jersey received a total of $5.7 million.


View all Estimated ESG-CV Reallocation Amounts


Award Letters

HUD will immediately begin distributing final award letters notifying ESG recipients of their final reallocation amounts. Local HUD Field Offices will reach out directly to recipients with information about completing ESG-CV grant agreement amendments and SF-424s.

HUD Releases Annual Homelessness Assessment Report

On the last day of August, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the 2020 AHAR: Part 2 – Annual Estimates of Homelessness in the U.S. The Annual Homelessness Assessment Report (AHAR) report highlights data focused on people living in homeless services system shelters throughout 2019 and 2020. This timeframe paints a picture of the status quo both immediately before and after the pandemic began. These five patterns shared by the NAEH will be ones to monitor as new data emerges.


1) Shelters Served Targeted Populations

In the first year of the pandemic, a greater share of the people staying in shelters were a part of populations with higher needs.


2) Black Families are in a Housing Crisis

Various sources, including the annual Point-in-Time Count and evictions research, regularly point to Black families experiencing a unique housing crisis. The recent AHAR Part 2 report only adds to this evidence.


3) Shelter Use was Likely Impacted by Housing Stability

Overall, the number of people staying in shelters fell 14 percent between 2019 and 2020. Two major factors may have played a part in this decrease: reduced shelter capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions and the presence of a nationwide eviction moratorium.


4) First-Time Homelessness was Prevalent

Even during the pandemic, most people in shelters (59 percent) were experiencing homelessness for the first time. This data matches the data reported in past AHAR reports.


5) Far More Research is Needed

So much is unknown about the people who were served by homeless services systems during this period and those who were not. Far more people in shelters were people with disabilities, people who were chronically homeless, and people fleeing domestic violence. What long-term outcomes will such groups realize from COVID-relief and receiving services during a period of decreased demand (if any)? What about all those people and families who stayed put during the pandemic? What benefits and drawbacks did they experience?

HUD Updates Public Housing Agency

Disaster Readiness, Response, And Guidebook

HUD recently released an updated version of its Public Housing Agency Disaster Readiness, Response, and Guidebook. The resource features a collection of information, best practices and resources intended to help public housing agencies navigate different phases in the disaster cycle. The updated resource includes new sections on funding strategies and financial management, communications, and short- and long-term housing options for families displaced from public housing developments by natural disasters. The guidebook directly supports HUD’s Climate Action Plan, which was published in 2021 as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s whole-of-government effort to address climate change by updating federal policies and operations to create greater climate resilience. 

DDD Hosts Meeting Reviewing 

HCBS Statewide Transition Plan

On September 30th from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM join a Webinar Regarding New Jersey’s Statewide Transition Plan (STP) to Meet Federally Mandated Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) requirements.

 

This webinar is designed to provide Individuals and their Family Members/Caregivers, Providers, Support Coordinators and other interested stakeholders with an overview of the HCBS federal mandate. Topics will include information on our State’s STP, what you can expect, next steps, and frequently asked questions. 

 

Please register for the September 30, 2022 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM webinar here.

DCF RFP Intensive Mobile Treatment For Youth/Young Adults Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities

Publication Date: September 20, 2022

Response Deadline: October 26, 2022, by 12:00 P.M.


Funding of $4,700,000 Available ARP Funding-CFDA #93.778


There will be a virtual Mandatory Respondent’s Conference on October 5, 2022 at 12:00PM-2:00PM.

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.

Homeowners


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.

Tenants


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.

DDD Updates:

Licensing And Community Care Program Manuals

Office Of Licensing Information Bulletin

 

The DHS Office of Program Integrity and Accountability’s Office of Licensing has released an update to its Information Bulletin on Privacy in Residential Living Spaces. This update provides a compliance date of December 1, 2022 for Residential Service Providers and Community Care Residence Providers. Please review the September 20, 2022 updated Privacy in Residential Living Spaces Information Bulletin for more information.

Community Care Program and Supports Program Manuals

 

The Division has updated program manuals for its Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waivers: The Community Care Program and Supports Program. A summary of changes can be found on page two of each respective manual. Below are direct links to each manual:

 

Community Care Program Policies and Procedures Manual (Updated 9/2022)

Supports Program Policies and Procedures Manual (Updated 9/2022)

Census Reports Show Drop In Child Poverty

But Also Rise In Poverty Among Older Adults

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual reports on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in the U.S. While the overall poverty rate was approximately the same as 2020, there was positive news in the rate for children, which declined significantly. However, people age 65 and older were the only age group to see a statistically significant rise in poverty at 10.3% in 2021, up from 8.9% in 2020. This translated into almost 1 million more older adults living in poverty in 2021. Another measure of poverty—the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM)—found a higher poverty rate of 10.7% for older adults. The SPM is considered by many to be a more accurate measure of poverty because it includes noncash income and other expenses, such as medical costs, not counted in the official measure. Older adults were again the only age group in the SPM with a statistically significant rise in poverty for 2021. As has historically been the case, under both measures, older adults of color experienced significantly higher levels of poverty than white seniors. 2021 poverty rates for Black, Native American, and Latino older adults were approximately double that of white seniors. Learn more about Justice in Aging’s work to modernize the Supplement Security Income (SSI), a key anti-poverty program for older adults.


On health coverage, the number of uninsured Americans fell by 1.1 million in 2021, largely due to more people enrolling in Medicare, Medicaid, and other public plans. For Black people, the uninsured rate fell from 10.4% in 2020 to a record low of 9% in 2021. Medicaid’s continuous coverage requirements have been especially important for low-income older adults during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). Read Justice in Aging’s letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services advocating to ensure that people dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid are protected from coverage losses and disruptions when the PHE ends.

Legal Services of New Jersey’s Poverty

Research Institute Releases True Poverty Tracker

 A new report, “New Jersey True Poverty Tracker,” provides an important baseline for comparison with the American Community Survey (ACS) released today. The Poverty Research Institute (PRI) of Legal Services of New Jersey published the latest report in the True Poverty Tracker series as a reminder of the economic situation prevailing in New Jersey before the pandemic. As is well recognized—in March of 2020—COVID-19 brought unprecedented challenges not experienced in over 100 years. Yet, this report reveals that too many New Jerseyans were teetering on the edge even before the pandemic.


By taking a hard look at True Poverty in relatively normal economic times in 2019, there is a valuable lesson to be learned, says LSNJ President Dawn K. Miller. “Clearly, the issues brought to light during the pandemic—which laid bare past deprivation—are made much worse when hard times like COVID occur. COVID magnified the conditions of poverty in our state, but has now given us new impetus and opportunity for change.” 


Social Security Benefits COLA For 2023

Could Be 8.6% According To Senior Advocates

More than 70 million Americans who receive Social Security benefits can expect an inflation adjustment to their monthly checks next year that will be the largest in four decades. Government inflation figures for August, released Tuesday, point to a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment, known as the COLA, of 8.7 percent, according to an estimate by a nonpartisan group that lobbies for seniors. The Social Security Administration will announce the final figure Oct. 13, after the release of September inflation data.


The 8.7 percent estimate by the group, the Senior Citizens League, is lower than the league’s prediction last month of 9.6 percent. The revision reflects the recent slight cooling of inflation to 8.3 percent. But if the league’s projection holds up, the COLA still would be the largest since 1981, when the inflation adjustment was 11.2 percent.

Resources & Virtual Forums

Webinar:

The Voices of People with Disabilities

and Older Adults - Strengthening

Advocacy in the HCBS Settings Rule

Friday, September 23 | 2:00 pm ET


The Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule can improve community-based services and supports for people with disabilities and older adults for decades to come. A key requirement of the Settings Rule is that states hear from people with disabilities and older adults about how the state can best implement the Rule.


ACL is hosting this webinar to provide participants with an opportunity to learn when and how to invite and/or provide feedback on state efforts to comply with the rule. Presenters will share key dates, strategies, and examples of how powerful the voices of people with lived experience can be in creating more opportunities for choice and control in service delivery, and advancing the quality of services. 


Live captioning will be provided. A video replay and transcript will be made available following the event.


Click here to register for this webinar

Housing Discrimination Study

Innovative Methodology Project Conference

On September 27, 2022, from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm EDT, 2M Research, with support from HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), is hosting a virtual conference focused on the identification and measurement of housing discrimination. This conference is part of an exciting study to find new and innovative methodologies that uncover and measure housing discrimination. Our objective is that these methodologies will augment current testing approaches, such as paired and sandwich testing. This conference is an opportunity to meet experts in the field of discrimination research and testing, discuss ideas, and ask questions.


The conference will feature a panel discussion focused on various topics, including:

  • Promising or innovative research trends related to discrimination
  • Gaps in research and testing of discrimination
  • Methodological challenges in researching and testing discrimination
  • Adapting testing protocols to technological changes (for example, ways to detect and capture differential treatment that might occur before in-person interactions)

Aging Infrastructure And Structural Integrity Of Buildings

Join CAI for this annual program which presents hot topics within CAI affecting high-rise communities. We will dive into the CAI Breaking Point study which addresses aging infrastructure. Presenters will also discuss CAI’s public policy report that builds off of Breaking Point Study and how these integrate with what lenders are trying to achieve through the recent updates at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

 

You do not need to be a member of CAI to attend.

 

When: Wednesday, September 28th from 9am to 1pm

Where: Hyatt Regency on the Hudson 2 Exchange Place, Jersey City, NJ

 

Qualifies for 2 CEUs.

 

9:00 am: Registration & Breakfast

10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Program

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Networking


Click here to register

Unlearning Ableism:

How to be an Ally with People with Disabilities

Friday, September 30, 2022  l  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM  l Webinar


Ableism, or discrimination against people with disabilities, contributes to inequities in our society. In this session, participants will learn to identify ableism and how they can respond in positive, proactive ways to promote inclusion. Research-based findings will be discussed as well as first-hand accounts of ableism and allyship. Together, we'll work towards an inclusive future for all.


Click here to register for the webinar

NJSILC & CIL Public Forum

On Issues Affecting People With Disabilities

THE NJ STATEWIDE INDEPENDENT LIVING COUNCIL (NJSILC) &

THE NJ NETWORK OF CENTERS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING (CILs)


Invite Residents of ALL NJ Counties To

 A Public Forum to Discuss Issues

Affecting People with Disabilities

October 4, 2022 11 a.m. – 1p.m.

NJ Law Center 1 Constitution Square

New Brunswick, NJ 08901


Register by September 7th

A Public Forum to Discuss Issues

Affecting People with Disabilities

October 18, 2022 Noon – 2 p.m.

Newark Public Library

5 Washington St. Newark, NJ 07102


Register by October 1st

NJSILC is in the process of preparing the next 3-year State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL), one of its federally-mandated duties.


As part of that process, Council is seeking input from people with disabilities regarding issues that are critical to their living as independently and inclusively as possible in their communities.


Examples of such issues include:

public transit, accessible housing, work readiness and employment assistance

training and education programs (including special ed), student transitioning from school to work accessibility to community services and activities such as voting, recreation, emergency preparedness


Also learn about: Independent Living Philosophy, CIL services, SILC’s role in the IL Network


Families, service providers and other disability stakeholders also are invited.

Ways to Participate

  • Join us in person or via Zoom at the Newark Library
  • Send written testimony (email or letter) that will be read into the record
  • Speak with a SILC representative by phone, to give testimony to share at the event


Send emails to the SILC Coordinator at meneary@njsilc.org


Mail written comments to

M. Neary c/o PCIL 3635 Quakerbridge Rd. Ste. 40 Hamilton NJ 08619


Give verbal testimony to the Coordinator at 732-254-2484

And if possible, attend in-person* at the library or electronically through Zoom**.


*To register or to request accommodations, email the Coordinator.

**For Zoom access information, check the SILC website at www.njsilc.org 1 week prior.


ASL Interpreters & CART will be available.

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


PAYMENT METHOD: CREDIT CARD ONLY

  

REFUND POLICY: NO REFUNDS

(Substitutions will be permitted until September 23, 2022) 

Please contact Johanna Pena.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Johanna Peña at jpena@njhmfa.gov.

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

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