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Legislation

News about legislation related to supportive housing

Among other things, they will shred our community fabric by injecting politics and dark money into charitable work

Linda M. Czipo for NJ Spotlight

For New Jersey’s 30,000 charitable nonprofit organizations, the dueling House and Senate tax reform bills being fast-tracked through Congress are complex and differ in many key respects, but they have one important thing in common: both are harmful for New Jersey charities and all of us who rely on them for programs, services, protection, and well-being.

Unless dramatic changes are made, both bills would have a devastating impact on nonprofits and the communities they serve.

1) Charitable giving will plunge — By increasing the standard deduction, both bills would reduce the percentage of taxpayers who itemize from 30 percent to only 5 percent. Although technically the charitable giving deduction remains intact in each bill, far fewer households will be able to use it, resulting in an estimated $13 billion drop in charitable giving every year. Nonprofits have pressed for a provision to extend the charitable deduction to non-itemizers so that taxpayers at all income levels would benefit from their generosity, but so far neither bill includes it.

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John Reitmeyer | November 28, 2017 NJ Spotlight

Possible elimination of deduction for state and local taxes has received lots of attention, but ending of tax-exempt status for certain bonds could also hurt New Jersey

As Congress is working to advance an ambitious plan to rewrite the federal tax code, most of the attention in New Jersey has been focused on a proposal to scale back or even eliminate the SALT deduction for state and local taxes. But many communities across the state could also see a big impact from new tax rules that are being proposed for investments in major building projects.

A largely overlooked section of the tax-overhaul legislation the U.S. House of Representatives passed earlier this month calls for an ending of the tax-exempt status of so-called private-activity bonds, which are often used to finance things like hospital facilities, university buildings, affordable housing, and infrastructure projects.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

September 8, 2016

NJ SUPREME COURT AGREES TO HEAR IMPORTANT FAIR HOUSING CASE

Court grants appeal from civil rights advocates to defend the legal rights of tens of thousands of working families, seniors, and people with disabilities

Contact: Anthony Campisi  (732) 266-8221

 

The New Jersey Supreme Court Thursday agreed to hear an appeal to ensure that municipalities that had lagged in building homes must meet the needs of tens of thousands of working families, seniors and those with disabilities that accumulated during a 15-year period beginning in 1999.

 

In its appeal to the Supreme Court, Fair Share Housing Center, supported by more than 15 additional civil rights, disability rights and housing advocates, argued that a three-judge panel of the Appellate Division deviated from the course New Jersey had set for decades in determining how the state's housing need should be measured.

 

 

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Please read SHA's commentary to NJ Medicaid (Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services - DMAHS) on its renewal application for Medicaid waiver services which allow the state flexibility in delivery of Medicaid.  

 

SHA is pleased that the state has seen fit to include housing related services in its renewal application. 

Our comments are designed to support these services and to urge the state to request additional opportunities of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for use of Medicaid funding in supportive housing.  

To read SHA's comments click here

The deadline for comments to DMAHS is 5 PM today.  Comments can be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

To read NJ's Comprehensive Renewal Application please click here 

To read CMS circular on Coverage of Housing Related Activities and Services click here

 

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