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The Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey (SHA) is a statewide, nonprofit organization, founded in 1998, whose mission is to promote and maintain a strong supportive housing industry in New Jersey serving people with special needs.

Please be advised of Governor Christie's veto of legislation that would have slowed the process of moving people from NJ Developmental Centers and out of state facilities. SHA continues to encourage community living options for people with disabilities as institutions close, in a manner that provides proper care and services for those living with significant challenges.

Links to articles:

Families angry Christie vetoed, demanded changes to bills determining where disabled people will live
By Susan K. Livio | The Star-Ledger

Following Christie Vetoes, Families of Intellectually Disabled Fearful of Future
By Andrew Kitchenman |

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Senator Cory Booker with Monarch and New Jersey Delegation

By Kate Kelly, Monarch Housing
On July 30, 2014, our U.S. Senator Cory Booker gave a keynote at the National Alliance to End Homelessness annual conference. Booker spoke to an audience of over 1700 people including two tables of New Jersey constituents.

At the beginning of his remarks, Booker recognized those from New Jersey in the audience who are working to end homelessness.

Booker framed his argument for ending homelessness as our patriotic duty.

"Love of country means extending a hand to our brothers and sisters."
Said Booker.
He also empathized the critical importance of data.
"In God we trust but, bring me data."

He pointed to New Jersey's recent NJ Counts documented 16% increase in homelessness and that homelessness is a growing problem that we need to solve.
"Homelessness is a greater drag on our economy than if we did something about it. Look at the data."

"We have to be those hopeful warriors now. This nation has so much work to do before we achieve the truth of who we are." But he concluded with a message of hope, "Our generation can indeed end homelessness."

March Housing Associates website

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From Tuesday, July 29, 2014 through Tuesday, August 5, 2014 applications will be available for the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Waiting List. Only applications for residents living and/or working in the Passaic County Public Housing Agency service area will be accepted. Their service area includes all of the towns in Passaic County with the exception of Passaic, Paterson and Clifton.
There is a Public Notice on their website that has instructions and the list of locations in which the applications will be available.
If anyone has any questions, please feel free to call Janice L. DeJohn, Executive Director, Passaic County Public Housing Agency at 973-881-4370

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By David Matthau | New Jersey 101.5 Radio | July 28, 2014

New Jersey is one of the richest states in the nation, but its homeless population continues to increase.

Deb Ellis, Executive Director of the NJ Coalition to End Homelessness, on New Jersey 101.5 radio

It’s important that New Jersey make room for people of more modest means to live in the state as well, according to Ellis.  “We have to speak out as citizens of our communities for more affordable housing for individuals with mental illness or physical disabilities, or other disabilities – as well as affordable housing for families just making modest incomes.”

Read More: High rents, low incomes causing homelessness to grow in NJ |

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By Liz Lempert, Mayor, Princeton NJ | Star Ledger Guest Columnist

New Jersey's Council on Affordable Housing recently issued proposed third-round rules that conclude the municipality of Princeton has zero obligation to build additional affordable housing in our community. Some officials might be thrilled with the news that they have been absolved of any responsibility for addressing the housing needs of the less affluent. But I worry that this apparent free pass comes with serious costs to the health of our community and region.

Click here to read the article

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Finds that other key document appears to have been destroyed

Fair Share Housing Center offers $1000 reward for document “lost” by Christie Administration

In a ruling late Thursday, the Hon. Mary C. Jacobson ordered the Christie Administration to make public its contract with Rutgers University professor Dr. Robert Burchell for creating the state's new fair housing rules. Judge Jacobson also found that a critical document showing how municipal housing obligations were recalculated in a way that reduces those obligations by over 8,000 homes had existed at one time, but had been destroyed. Judge Jacobson issued an order directing one final search of Rutgers University email accounts for the document.
"We agree with Judge Jacobson's ruling that the Christie Administration should not have hid from the public what it spent $295,000 of public funds on to produce these deeply flawed new housing rules," FSHC Staff Attorney Adam Gordon said. "It is a grave violation of the public trust for critical documents related to that contract to have been destroyed. We hope that by offering a public reward of $1000 for these destroyed documents someone will step forward and explain to the public what happened here."   
The ruling, delivered from the bench late Thursday afternoon after oral argument on the case, requires the Christie Administration and Rutgers to make the contract public and conduct an email search for the destroyed document no later than 4 PM today. The Christie Administration and Rutgers immediately applied for a stay of the ruling so that they could appeal the ruling, and Judge Jacobson denied the stay.
Judge Jacobson found that the documents, which describe how the Christie Administration is retroactively attempting to reduce municipal housing obligations from the 1980s and 1990s by over 8,000 homes, did exist at one point. However, the documents have since been destroyed and both the Christie Administration and Rutgers asserted they could not find them in a search. Fair Share Housing Center attorney Kevin Walsh argued to the Court that Rutgers employees had not checked their email, which would be an obvious place the files might be, and Judge Jacobson agreed that an email search was required and gave them 24 hours to conduct it.
The $1000 reward will be given to the first person who provides a copy of a computer file or other document showing how the municipal obligations for 1987-1999 were recalculated that includes formulas at the municipal level showing the method by which the changes were made to municipal housing obligations. The reward is not open to employees of the State (including Rutgers) and only will be provided as consistent with any applicable laws (e.g. the person providing the document must have obtained it lawfully). The reward is open until July 31, as comments on the rules proposed by the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) are due August 1.

Read the article on the Fair Share Housing Center’s Blog

Related articles:
The Star-Ledger

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NJ Spotlight Profile: Giving a Voice to Those Who Need, Advocate for Affordable Housing in NJ

Staci Berger is raising visibility for community development and helping reform housing policy

Click here to read the article

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SHA Board Member, Tom Toronto, and Fair Share Housing's Adam Gordon featured in segment on NJTV about proposed COAH rules

Lawsuit Over Affordable Housing Claims Lack of Transparency

Click here for the article and to watch the segment

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Colleen O'Dea | | July 3, 2014

Advocates argue regulations do not meet Supreme Court requirements, differ from rules adopted by council earlier in year.

Click here to read the article

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Colleen O'Dea | June 27, 2014 |

Fair Share seeks details of how new quotas were determined, gets heavily redacted document

The Fair Share Housing Center is again suing the Christie administration and Rutgers University for failing to provide documents related to the calculation of proposed new affordable-housing obligations that it requested under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act.

Click here to read the article

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The safety of NJ residents should always be of top concern and priority however, the closure of institutions must continue so that people can be housed safely in community settings. These bills should not deter the Administration from community housing opportunities for people with developmental and other disabilities in NJ.

Susan K. Livio | The Star Ledger |

Bill to temporarily block closure of developmental centers lost support in the Senate, who approved a back-up plan that services comparable to those provided in the development centers would be given to anyone moved into other facilities.  

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The Warren County Housing Authority has opened its waiting list for Federal Section 8 Housing Vouchers.  We are not sure how many remain open at this time. They are taking up to 500 names with priority for Warrant County residents but are also accepting applications from out of county.  The Phillipsburg Public Housing Authority also has subsidized units available.  See contact info below

Warren County Housing Office   
Belvidere, NJ  

Phillipsburg Housing Authority   
Phillipsburg, NJ        

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One of SHA's central beliefs is in Housing First, a successful approach in housing stability for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Mercer County has been a leader in this effort at Greater Trenton Behavioral Health Services with support from the county government. Adopting Housing First statewide would reduce inappropriate use of emergency rooms and other high cost centers while restoring people to healthy, productive lives. It is a supportive housing model that offers housing along with behavioral and physical healthcare, that can eradicate chronic homelessness in NJ.

Fighting Illness and Healthcare Costs — Starting With a Place to Live

Andrew Kitchenman | June 25, 2014 |

Trenton group sees success with Housing First approach to health, which makes getting homeless off the streets the top priority

Click here to read the article

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Fair Share Housing Center, The Latino Action Network and the NAACP NJ Chapter all reached a voluntary agreement with HUD and the NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to make substantial changes to the Sandy Disaster Relief Program known as the Fund for Restoration of MultiFamily Housing or FMR.

These changes offer significant opportunities for people of low income who may also live with special needs. Among the highlights of the agreement are set-asides of dollars for renters from affected Sandy counties who have been displaced as a result of the storm, recognition of very low income needs for rental housing, an increase of $10 million for special needs housing development (total now of $60 million in first and second rounds), and the requirement for DCA to apply to HUD for a waiver to allow other federal dollars (such as HOME) to be layered with Sandy funding to allow for expanded affordable housing development. The agreement also calls for training, counseling and transparency and outreach to minority populations.

Click here to read the agreement

Click here to read more about the agreement on the Fair Share Housing Center website

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2014 NJ Point-in-Time Homelessness Count finds 16% increase in homelessness

Read the full report here

On the night of January 28, 2014, 13,900 homeless men, women and children were counted across the state of New Jersey. This was an overall increase of 1,898 persons, or 15.8%, compared to the 2013 count.

Other key findings include:
• 1,499 persons, in 1,246 households, were identified as chronically homeless, an increase of 278 persons, or 22.7%, compared to 2013.
• 931 persons were living un-sheltered, a 33.4% decrease from 1,399 in 2013. This decrease may be due to the very cold weather over the time of the Count.
NJ Counts 2014 - the statewide point-in-time count of the homeless provides a snapshot of homelessness in New Jersey on the night of January 28, 2014. The count reflects a snapshot of homelessness in New Jersey that night.

Read the full report here

Click here for the executive summary

Click here for Best Practices for Ending Homelessness

Count Contacts by county
"Unfortunately, this year's count shows that there are still a significant number of adults and children experiencing homelessness in New Jersey. But at the same time we have best practices and interventions such as affordable and supportive housing, Housing First, Rapid Re-Housing and Centralized Assessment which we know work to end homelessness."
— Taiisa Kelly, Senior Associate at Monarch Housing who directed NJ Counts 2014.

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From The Montclair Times
May 17, 2014  |  By Staff Writer

Montclarion II meets opposition

A proposed 40-unit housing development in Montclair's 4th Ward dubbed "The Montclarion II" is drawing flak from some neighbors, whom have stated that the project will shirk the town's affordable housing requirements.

The development, which would be built on a Pine Street parking lot between the Shell service station and Mount Carmel Holy Church on Bloomfield Avenue, was the main topic of discussion during the municipal Planning Board's meeting this past Monday.

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©2014 All rights reserved.

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SHA Policy Position

We are pleased to issue a Policy Position on Supportive Housing in NJ. This two page piece is a compilation of issues and priorities for a strengthened supportive housing industry that has been composed with input from providers, consumers, families and government representatives. We invite you to share the statement and to work with us to improve opportunities in housing and supports for people with special needs.

Download PDF

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In the nights of joysticks to the motion of today's - gaming equipment that is vulnerable, video gaming are regularly obtaining more technologically advanced. You have to know what you're doing if you want to stick to top of the newest tools. Read on to discover some suggestions about a variety of videogaming issues.
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From tiny children to people, video-games really are an enjoyable activity which improves the lives of many. Now that you've a couple of tips under your gear, you should be ready to maneuver forward along with your interest in a way which will be good for yourself. This means winning, and who doesn't wish to accomplish more of this?

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