Breaking News in Supportive Housing: Susan Livio of NJ.com covers the Supportive Housing Association of NJ launch of a new housing guide designed to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities plan for community housing with supports.
2016 SHAs 18th Annual
Supportive Housing Conference
Awards Nominations and Workshop Applications Available
The Supportive Housing Association of NJ (SHA) will sponsor the 18th Annual New Jersey Supportive Housing Conference at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, NJ on Friday, December 2, 2016. The Conference is an educational and networking opportunity for housing and service providers, community planners, housing developers, public officials, families/consumers and those interested in promoting supportive housing for people with special needs and advancing supportive housing. The conference draws an average of over 400 attendees and addresses state, regional as well as national issues.
This year's NJ Supportive Housing Conference theme, "The Journey to Supportive Housing," reflects the long and often difficult but rewarding road toward housing stability and permanence. Our industry's continued and persistent drive to provide homes and services for people of low income and with special needs is a movement to embrace and to enlighten. This year's conference will focus on how developers, service providers, advocates, families and consumers are navigating the systems and thinking creatively to expand housing options with supports for those in need.
We are interested in the experiences of NJ providers but also want to hear how other states are constructing effective plans in response to the needs of people with disabilities in housing and services.
We would like to invite you to submit a proposal to present a workshop at this year's conference through this Workshop RFP. To submit a proposal for consideration, complete and submit the form click click here.
Proposals are due by noon on Thursday, June 30, 2016.
Award Nomination Applications:
The SHA Supportive Housing Awards showcase projects, organizations, individuals and innovations that advance the supportive housing industry and create opportunities for housing with supports for New Jersey's special needs populations. Submission deadline: July 29
We encourage you to nominate those who deserve recognition in the following award categories: (nomination forms are linked next to each award)
SHA NJ Civic Leadership Award (nomination form)
SHA NJ Supportive Housing Tenant Award (nomination form)
SHA NJ Direct Support Staff Award (nomination form)
SHA NJ Supportive Housing Municipal Award (nomination form)
SHA NJ Supportive Housing Project of the Year (2 projects awarded) (nomination form)
Sponsorship & Exhibit:
Interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor? There are many opportunities available - click here to submit a commitment form
Deb Werlen's interview with Larry Mendte on "Jersey Matters"
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Gail Levinson, Executive Director of SHA, interview with Mary Alice Williams of NJTV April 14th
Click here for NJTV Video
Erin Delmore, correspondent for NJTV reports from SHAs Housing Guide Launch
Click here for the NJTV Video
SHA has Launched
A New Housing Guide for the Disability Community on April 6th called:
"The Journey to Community Housing with Supports: A Road Map for Individuals and Their Families in New Jersey"
This housing guide was designed specifically for individuals with disabilities and their families with a concentration on those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It provides information, advice and guidance about community housing and supports. This housing guide has been funded by the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities and Autism New Jersey is our grant partner.
The housing guide can be downloaded from http://autismnj.org/housing/SHAguide and is available in hard copy by calling the Autism New Jersey Helpline at 800-4-AUTISM.
Training sessions hosted by partner organizations will be offered for families and others who are interested in how best to use the guide and plan for community housing with support. Training dates with registration information are posted - click here for up coming dates.
To view the press release about the new housing guide click here .
Click here for a compilation of Presidential candidate's points of view on disabilities from RespectAbility
Click here for the result of DMHAS time study analysis of supportive housing industry.
Click here for a compendium of disability statistics throughout the nation.
New Resources -
For Families & Professionals
DMHAs Transition to Fee for Service PowerPoint - click here
Developing Effective Municipal Housing Plans, visit www.hcdnnj.org/njfairhousing
- TAC (Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc.) - Click here to read the report.
Click here for 2016 Membership Meeting dates
Next Membership Meeting is August 3, 2016
The Mary Roebling Building, 20 West State Street, Room 219, Trenton NJ
Note: After the Membership meeting there will be a SHA Policy/Advocacy Committee Meeting -
All are welcome
Thank you to the following for speaking at our June 1st membership meeting:
Anne Hamlin, Director of Tax Credit Services, NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) - The Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)
Shelley Samuels, Chief Operating Officer and Denise Majka, Vice President - Easter Seals New Jersey Solutions, LLC
Lessons Learned for Electronic Health Records Selection, Implementation and Utilization
State and Policy Updates:
DMHAS Update - Mr. Harry Reyes
Policy Update - Arnold Cohen, Policy Coordinator HCDNNJ
DCA Update - Janel Winter, Director of Housing and Community Resources
For minutes of the last meeting click here
Next SHA Developers Group Meeting
July 11th - Lawrence
Click here for all 2016 Developers Group Meeting dates
SHA Members Resource: SHA Meeting Presentations
Click here to access presentation and other membership meeting materials shared at SHA Membership meetings