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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J., April 6, 2016 –The Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey today announced the availability of a comprehensive housing guide designed to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities plan for community housing with supports. Funded through a grant from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, “The Journey to Community Housing with Supports, A Road Map for Individuals and Their Families” provides understandable information, advice and guidance about community housing and supportive services.
“For people with disabilities, creating a plan for independent living can be a difficult, confusing and frustrating process that requires creative thinking, planning, perseverance and advocacy,” said Gail Levinson, executive director, SHA. “The path to secure housing is a journey. Our housing guide offers a practical approach to help people understand the system and create a plan for supportive housing that is permanent, affordable and safe.”
500 State Rental Assistance Progam Vouchers To Be Available For Chronically Homeless
For Immediate Release Contact: Brian Murray
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 609-777-2600
Trenton, NJ – Continuing the Administration’s strong record of reducing homelessness in New Jersey, Governor Christie today announced the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will issue 500 State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP) vouchers through a new statewide Housing First program. The vouchers will be available to chronically homeless individuals and/or families who are high utilizers of public systems.
“The issue of homelessness has been a critical priority for my Administration and we have been working to coordinate the delivery of services more strategically to help people get back on their feet again,” said Governor Christie. “Housing First is just one example of how we are doing new and innovative things in government to combat chronic homelessness and housing insecurity in our state.”
Governor Christie noted:
· In 2015, homelessness was a staggering 41% lower than it was in 2007;
· From 2014 to 2015 alone, we reduced the number of homeless in New Jersey by nearly 14%;
· Rates of homelessness among families with children declined by 25% in the last year.
"Right now the biggest battle is in coming up with a realistic number and the second is coming up with realistic opportunities," said Donna Blaze, executive director of the Affordable Housing Alliance, a nonprofit in Monmouth County.
Adam Resnick walked through the doors of his new apartment off North Main Street in Barnegat and sank into a wide leather chair, quite at ease.
Adam, 40, who has autism and an intellectual disability, is moving out of his parents’ home and into a shared apartment that is clean, brightly-lit and affordable. He'll move into the furnished unit early next year.
“When you have a child like Adam, you’re always thinking: ‘What will happen to him when I’m not around?’” said Ilene Resnick, his mother. “This is the kind of place he’d live in if he was a normal guy.”
Click below to read the entire article published in the Asbury Park Press on December 11, 2015
In order to assist homeless service providers to understand the new regulations that the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is proposing for the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program, the National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance) has created a condensed outline of HUD's notice of the proposed regulations.
This resource is meant to serve as a guide, not as a substitute for the notice. HUD is seeking feedback to consider in the development of the ESG final rule from providers that have gained insight and experience implementing the program's first interim rule, released in 2011.
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