Breaking News in Supportive Housing: HUD's Notice of Proposed Regulations for ESG Program....
SHA's "Opening Doors" 17th Annual Conference
Friday, December 4, 2015 at
Renaissance Inn Woodbridge | 515 US Highway 1-South | Iselin, NJ 08830
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Opening 1,000 Doors Campaign
A Work in Progress.....
From Gail Levinson, SHA Executive Director
I want to personally thank all of you who made great efforts over the past 6 months to encourage the NJ legislature to include new rental vouchers in the 2016 state budget for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who have serious mental illness or who are chronically homeless. Your individual efforts of signing our online petition, making calls, visits and writing letters to the editor have launched this drive giving us a strong advocacy base going forward.
Fortunately the legislature kept intact the 200 vouchers that Governor Christie included in his proposed budget for people with I/DD thanks to vigorous advocacy by the Arc of NJ and many families. Additionally and thankfully, Commissioner Chuck Richman of the Department of Community Affairs recently issued proposals for project based vouchers to providers for 100 homeless veterans and for 300 low-income households including disabled households.
We were not however able to convince legislators, via our campaign, to add more new tenant based vouchers to the budget for this next fiscal year. However the Opening 1,000 Doors campaign was begun because of an affordable housing crisis in which many of those we care about who live on very low incomes with disabilities, are unable to find a safe, decent place to live because rents are too high. This affordable housing crisis continues - and grows.
Consequently, with your assistance, our plea for more rental assistance will now continue - and grow.
So far we have over 2,000 people who have signed on to the campaign. We will now bring our voices directly to Governor Christie and Lieutenant Governor Guadagno and their staff in the hope that they will see fit to include more rental vouchers in the 2017 proposed budget, which will be under consideration, by the Administration, in the months ahead. Afterwards we will, once again, reach out to legislators as well.
In the interim please sign the Opening 1,000 Doors campaign if you have not already done so and share the link with your colleagues, friends and families so that our numbers can continue to increase in size and our voices can be heard more loudly in Trenton.
New Resources -
For Families & Professionals
Developing Effective Municipal Housing Plans, visit www.hcdnnj.org/njfairhousing
- TAC (Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc.) - Click here to read the report.
SHA Members Resource: SHA Meeting Presentations
Click here to access presentation and other membership meeting materials shared at SHA Membership meetings
Click here to access presentation materials from the 2014 NJ Supportive Housing Conference
Next Membership Meeting – August 12th - 10 AM - 1 PM (networking 9 - 10 AM)
Agenda To be Determined
The Mary Roebling Building, 20 West State Street, Room 219, Trenton NJ
Thank you to the following for speaking at our June 3rd meeting:
Brian Stuart & Stacia Peterson - Selective Insurance
Lorna Runkle, Director of Access USA
Arnold Cohen, Director of Policy, Housing and Community Development Network/NJ
Valerie Mielke, Assistant Director, Division of Mental Health and Addictions Services
Kevin Walsh, Associate Executive Director for Fair Share Housing Center
Managed Care Panelists:
Joe Bongiovanni, MLTSS Director, NJ Medicaid
Irina Stuchinsky, MLTSS and Behavioral Health Manager, NJ Medicaid
Ann Basil, BH Administrator, Amerigroup
Eric Levy, Clinical Supervisor, Value Options (representing Horizon)
Joe Masciandaro, President and CEO, CarePlus NJ
Next SHA Developers Group Meeting
July 13th - Lawrence
Project Freedom, 1 Freedom Boulevard, Lawrence, NJ 08648