Housing Navigator Resources

SHA is pleased to share the following helpful resources that were original offered as part of the our housing navigator course

Housing Search Tools

Finding affordable housing or an affordable apartment to rent can be a daunting task.  Housing developers who create affordable housing projects are required to advertise widely when units become available. Recently this requirement has been broadened to include digital marketing. While there is still a shortage of affordable homes in NJ, more websites are available every day to make the search easier.

Find Housing Resources

Interactive Tools and Calculators

SNAP Benefit Calculator

The amount of SNAP benefits a person received is based on a number of factors such as the number of people in a household, the amount of income, and the amount of basic expenses.  People with disabilities are often surprised to learn that their monthly SNAP benefit is lower than expected.  This calculator helps to resolve the mystery by allowing user to input basic information and variations in order to see the difference in benefit amounts received.

Buy vs. Rent Calculator

What factors should be considered when evaluating when it is more prudent to buy vs. rent a home?   This calculator can help answer this question by taking the costs associated with buying a house and computes the equivalent monthly rent.

Person Centered Planning

There is no one size fits all in supportive housing. The process starts with assessing a person’s hopes, dreams and desires and then matching the ideal to individual service planning and then ultimately to a home.  The following forms and FAQ sheet were useful instruments in the housing navigation planning process.

From the Boggs Center on Developmental Disability
Person-Centered Portfolio Planning

From the ARC of NJ Family Service Institute
Self-Directed-Services-Factsheet

Information for People Helping Others

The Social Security Administration has created the following webpage to help individuals assisting others with benefits and procedures easily navigate a wide range of needs. The following represents some of the available features listed on the website.

  • Apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Apply for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI)
  • Estimate Their Future Benefits
  • Get Legal or Advocacy Help
  • Check the Status of a Pending Application for Benefits
  • Appeal a Decision for Benefits
  • Report a Change
  • Get Help in a Language other than English

Share Ideas

SHA strives to be a vital source of information for its members, the supportive housing industry, consumers/families and the general public. If you know of links or other tools that would benefit our members, please let us know! Email diane.riley@shanj.org.