Susan Livio of NJ.com covered SHAs launch of a new housing guide - click here for full article
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The Supportive Housing Association‘s comprehensive guide was designed to help families navigate the labyrinth of bureaucracies. NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams recently asked SHA Executive Director Gail Levinson how a lack of affordable housing disproportionately affects people with developmental disabilities.
Levinson: People with disabilities often live on very low incomes. It’s a result of mental illness, addiction, an intellectual or developmental disability or a severe physical or mobility impairment. As a result of that it’s hard for an individual with a disability to afford New Jersey’s high cost of living.
SHA Hosts Campaign"Opening 1,000 Doors"
1,000+ have signed a petition to increase rental vouchers for people with disabilities in NJ
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. May 19, 2015 -- The Supportive Housing Association of NJ is hosting a campaign for the 2016 state budget - Opening 1,000 Doors - calling for an additional 1,000 rental vouchers in the state budget so that people of very low income living with intellectual or developmental disabilities, people with mental illness and the homeless have a place to call home. Over 1,000 people have signed the organization's online petition that been sent to legislative leaders, members of the budget committees, Governor Christie and members of his cabinet. Rental vouchers subsidize the rents paid by very low-income individuals.
SHA urges others to support their efforts by signing the petition to open 1,000 doors for people with disabilities in the 2016 budget at http://chn.ge/1aDFxtU.
by Laura Dudnick for The San Francisco Examiner
The housing crisis in San Francisco has, if nothing else, prompted developers to think outside the box.
For the first time in The City’s history, a development firm has teamed up with a nonprofit organization to offer supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals and families, on the same site where market-rate housing will be constructed. It’s a move supporters hope will inspire future projects to follow suit.
But some feel the proposal at the decrepit and run-down Civic Center Hotel, owned by the Local 38 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, will not provide enough below market-rate homes in the thriving mid-Market area.
San Francisco-based Strada Investment Group has teamed up with Community Housing Partnership, The City’s only nonprofit that exclusively provides supportive housing to formerly homeless individuals and families. The firm and nonprofit will transform the hotel into a nearly 600-unit mixed-use development of multiple buildings, along with vehicle and bicycle parking and open space.
Advocates Challenge Local Ordinances Targeting New Jersey’s Homeless
Successful challenge to New Brunswick panhandling ban spurs statewide look at municipal ordinances deemed violations of free-speech rights
Advocates for the homeless hope New Brunswick’s recent agreement to repeal local ordinances that ban panhandling will send a message to other communities in the state with similar laws.
The lawsuit and settlement centered on John Fleming, a homeless man who was arrested numerous times on charges that his panhandling violated two city ordinances.
The New Jersey chapter of the ACLU joined with the McCarter & English law firm to represent both the New Jersey Coalition to End Homelessness and Fleming, arguing that the man’s right to free speech had been violated.