Keynote Speaker - Peggy Bailey

Building Lasting Equity Into the Housing System

Joining us from Washington, D.C., Peggy Bailey, Vice President for Housing and Income Security at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) will share her unique perspective on the changes happening right now that are setting the direction for a more equitable future. Today we can see how racism and discrimination in housing and health policies have driven disparate outcomes for marginalized groups everywhere. Yet there are glimmers of hope where innovative trends are expanding opportunities at the foundational level that are transforming communities. With over twenty years of experience at the intersection of housing and healthcare and a deep understanding of the underlying justice issues, Peggy Bailey offers us a vision of how strategic investments and changes in policy can ensure that everyone has a place to call home.

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Workshops to Watch

  • Passive House Design: Supportive Meets Sustainable

    Passive house design is a voluntary standard for energy efficiency, which reduces a building’s ecological footprint. With new incentives, now is the time to weigh the financial benefits and costs in implementing this new model.  Join this session for an introduction to Passive House qualities and untapped opportunities in New Jersey.  This workshop will share how it is working in other states and fits with the current efficiency qualities, along with those on the horizon. Attendees will learn about its many benefits including that buildings can maintain both neighborhood characteristics without compromising components of supportive housing.

    Moderator: Steve Schoch, Principal, Thriven Design
    Speakers: Steve Vlaovich, Associate Principal, Architecture, Aufgang
    More speakers to be announced

  • NJ Foster Youth to Independence: Building Collaborations

    The work of the NJ Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Project supports the federal government’s goal of preventing and ending homelessness for a vulnerable population of young adults under 25.  FYI puts youths first and provides safe and healthy homes through Housing Choice Vouchers, supportive services and the opportunity for independence. Attendees will hear from state, county, and public housing authority partners about their success in this cross-system collaborative effort in piloting the FYI initiative.

    Moderator:  Stephanie Lupinacci, Program Lead, DCF Office of Housing | Luther Owens, Supervising Administrative Analyst, NJDCF Office of Housing
    Speakers:  Meghan Leigh, Senior Development Director, Covenant House New Jersey
    Jessica Torres, MPA, Program Analyst, Department of Citizen Services, Essex County, CoC
    More speakers to be announced

  • Community Design: Local Changes that Support Independence

    Supportive housing creates a home environment where people thrive by improving access that facilitates residents’ independence. Shouldn’t our external built environment do the same? This panel will explore how municipal policies and projects can bolster the supportive housing community through inclusive local transportation improvements, expanded housing options, and better access to necessities such as healthcare, groceries, and recreation.

    Moderator: Christina Kata, New Jersey Policy Associate, RPA
    Speakers:  Corey Hannigan, Active Transportation Program Manager, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
    More speakers to be announced

  • Healthy Aging in Supportive Housing Communities

    New Jersey has a growing aging population, including existing residents living in supportive housing units across the state. Over the last couple of years, CSH has partnered with many supportive housing and aging thought leaders in the state  on a Healthy Aging in Supportive Housing initiative. This workshop centers providers supporting services to people who are aging with intellectual developmental disabilities, severe mental illness, and a history of experiencing homelessness.  How should service and housing providers in New Jersey support existing residents who would like to age in place and may now have new health related needs? What are the existing services resources that we can tap into?  And what new, additional resources need to be brought to the table?

    Moderator:  Cassondra Warney, Senior Program Manager, CSH
    Speakers: More speakers to be announced

  • Supportive / Affordable Housing & Municipal Partnerships: Models for Success

    The Affordable Housing Alliance and Millstone Township have a long twenty-year partnership and continue in “breaking ground” and creating unique new homes for a variety of populations with special needs. This pipeline continues and today includes affordable housing in various sizes of buildings for individuals and families who are homeless or formerly homeless, have physical and mental disabilities and/or are low and moderate income seniors (with a set-aside for a special needs population.) Come learn about the transformative power of how nonprofits and municipalities can work together to create supportive and affordable housing. Stakeholders, service providers, and funding mechanisms used to bring the projects to fruition will join the discussion.

    Moderator:  Chris Pugliese, Director of Housing Development or Randi Moore, CEO, Affordable Housing Alliance
    PresentersKevin Abernethy, Township Administrator, Millstone
    Chris Pugliese, Director of Housing Development, Affordable Housing Alliance
    McKinley Mertz, Town Planner, HGA

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