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Save the Date:
Hosted by the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey (SHA)
Friday, December 5, 2014, 8am - 4pm
Renaissance Inn Woodbridge, 515 US Highway 1-South, Iselin, NJ 08830 732-634-3600
2014 SHA Supportive Housing Awards Call for Nominations
The SHA Supportive Housing Awards showcase projects, organizations, individuals and innovations that advance the supportive housing industry and create opportunities for housing with supports for New Jersey's special needs populations. Awards will be presented at the 2014 NJ Supportive Housing Conference on December 5, 2014.
Submission deadline: August 1
We encourage you to nominate those who deserve recognition in the following award categories:
SHA NJ Civic Leadership Award (new this year!)
SHA NJ Supportive Housing Tenant Award
SHA NJ Direct Support Staff Award
SHA NJ Supportive Housing Innovation Award
SHA NJ Supportive Housing Project of the Year
Click here for full awards information and nomination forms.
Request for proposals: 2014 NJ Supportive Housing Conference Workshops
SHA will host the 16th Annual New Jersey Supportive Housing Conference at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, NJ on Friday, December 5, 2014 and we would like to invite you to submit a proposal to present a workshop at this year’s conference through this Workshop RFP.
The Conference is an educational and networking opportunity for housing and service providers, community planners, housing developers, public officials, families/consumers and those interested in promoting supportive housing for people with special needs and advancing supportive housing. The conference draws an average of 400 attendees and addresses state, regional as well as national issues. Click here to view RFP and for more information.
SHA Members Resource: SHA Meeting Presentations
Click here to access powerpoint presentations and other membership meeting materials shared at SHA Membership meetings
Just posted from the May membership meeting: Kent Pipes' presentation "Micro-Housing: A Faith Community Response to Homelessness" about converting shipping containers into affordable housing. | Click here to view or download presentations
Next Membership Meeting:
The next membership meeting will be on Wednesday, July 9
The Mary Roebling Building, 20 West State Street, Room 219, Trenton NJ
Department of Human Services and Housing - Planning for the Future
Janel Winter, Director of Housing, DHS
Harry Reyes, Deputy Assistant Director, DMHA
The Evolution of Behavioral Health Homes in NJ - The Care Plus Story
Joe Masciandaro, President/CEO with Kathy Bianco
Wellness Respite Centers - Collaborative Support Programs of NJ
Jody Silver, Executive Director
Supportive Housing Association Update - Gail Levinson, Executive Director, SHANJ
Policy & Legislative Updates:
DMHAS Update - TBA
DDD Update - TBA
Policy & Legislative Update - Arnold Cohen
New SHA Members introductions
Special Treat - 9-10 AM Networking
Early-Bird Networking Coffee Klatsch. Hot steaming coffee with assorted rolls and danish. Host: Build with Purpose, Inc.
Next SHA Developers Group Meeting
August 11 - Lawrence, 1-3pm
Project Freedom, 1 Freedom Boulevard, Lawrence, NJ 08648
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!