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SHA Members Resource: SHA Meeting Presentations
Click here to access powerpoint presentations and other membership meeting materials shared at SHA Membership meetings and conferences.
Next Membership Meeting:
The next membership meeting will be on Wednesday, March 5
The Mary Roebling Building, 20 West State Street, Room 219, Trenton NJ
Taiisa Kelly – Monarch Housing: Update on the status of NJ's homeless population:
- Homelessness in New Jersey - results from the 2014 Point in Time Count
- Best practices - housing first, rapid re-housing, coordinated/centralized assessment & intake
- Get involved - how to get involved in local planning efforts around homeless issues, what types of funding are available for development of supportive housing for the homeless
- Ending homelessness through a regional approach - beginning the conversation with neighboring counties to create a coordinated approach to ending homelessness
Marie Verna – Rutgers Behavioral Health Care
Karen Blumenfeld – NJ GASP
Tobacco Cessation in the Context of Supportive Housing
Supportive Housing Association Update - Gail Levinson, Executive Director, SHANJ
Policy & Legislative Updates:
DMHAS Update - Cathy Boland
DDD Update - TBA
Policy & Legislative Update - Arnold Cohen
New SHA Members introductions
Special Treat - 9-10 AM Networking
Cooper Pest Solutions will host our Early-Bird Networking Coffee Klatsch. Hot steaming coffee with assorted rolls and danish.
Next SHA Developers Group Meeting
Next meeting: April 14 - Lawrence
We need your help!
2015 Budget Advocacy Letter Campaign
From SHA and partnering organizations:
Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ)
Coalition of Mental Health Consumer Organizations - New Jersey (COMHCO)
New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA)
Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey (CSPNJ)
Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities (ABCD)
Monarch Housing Associates
New Jersey Coalition to End Homelessness
National Alliance on Mental Illness New Jersey (NAMI)
Disability Rights NJ (DRNJ)
Arc of New Jersey
New Jersey Association of Community Providers (NJACP)
Community Health Law Project (CHLP)
New American Movement for People with Disabilities
Autism New Jersey
To: Human services providers, families, consumers, advocates and all people who believe in an individual's right to housing and support services:
There is an affordable housing crisis in New Jersey affecting people of low income with special needs. Please follow join us in urging public officials and lawmakers to include additional funding in the 2015 New Jersey State Budget for affordable homes and supportive services for people with disabilities. More needs to be done!
Investing in supportive housing will save the state money by diverting people from high-cost institutional settings into affordable community living, and it will provide a much-needed economic boost for New Jersey in the form of jobs in the construction industry and support services.
In New Jersey, a person with a disability receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits of $729 monthly. Renting an affordable efficiency unit would cost 129% of his or her monthly income, and 146% for a one-bedroom unit. Add in living expenses, and independent living is nothing but a dream. The Technical Assistance Center's "Priced Out in 2012" Report states that it is virtually impossible for single adults receiving SSI to obtain safe, decent housing in the community unless they have a permanent rental subsidy to fill the gap.
There are thousands in need of safe, decent, affordable homes in New Jersey.
Over the next few weeks we will together reach out to Governor Christie and his staff, as well as every New Jersey legislator, to urge them to provide additional resources in the 2015 state budget to create housing stability for people who are homeless or living with developmental disabilities, mental illness, addictions or adult-onset physical disabilities.
Decisions about the 2015 budget are being made now. Please join our campaign immediately!