SHA Meeting Presentations

As a courtesy to our members and partners, we sometimes share materials presented at SHA Membership and Developer’s Group meetings. Content copyrights are held by presenters and presenting organizations.

October 2, 2019

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August 14, 2019

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Alana Vega (ACNJ) discussed the importance of the upcoming 2020 census and how communities can prepare to make sure all people are counted. Some updates include the introduction of an online census portal paired with mailers sent to registered addresses. Start preparing now to fill out and help your community complete all census forms to maintain your funding and representation in Congress. Learn more here.

Renée Koubiadis (APN-NJ) shared about the Garden State Leaders program, which helps train individuals who have faced economic and housing hardships become advocate leaders over a free, six-month program. Graduates from the program have gone on to leadership positions across the state in advocating for vital funding and services. Learn more here.

Arnold Cohen (HCDNNJ) covered recent good news on budgets and anticipated voucher funds, as well as some very concerning federal news. With current administration officials attempting to tie eligibility for US citizenship to an person’s use of services, over 26 million people face possible additional barriers to becoming citizens.

Janel Winter (DCA) offered updates from the state including putting out the word on the need for community feedback for about $60 million in funds from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

Katherine Brennan (NJHFMA) and Michael Cassidy (NJCDC, SHA Member) shared updates on the progress with the Housing/Hospital partnership and how this program is set to grow, encouraging hospitals and developers to reach out in planning new developments. In 18 months, the new construction should contain 71 units of affordable housing (including 10 units of supportive housing), parking onsite, and be only a few blocks away from St. Joseph’s Hospital. Other SHA members working on this project includem New Jersey Community Capital and Kitchen & Associates. Click here for the presentation.

The final presentation included a panel of SHA Members who manage housing vouchers including North Berge Housing Authority, Jersey City Housing Authority and CSPNJ. Click here for a SHA update and voucher information.

Among the discussion points, strategies for helping residents, building partnerships with service providers, and new opportunities for additional partnerships to help disabled individuals through mainstream voucher applications were shared with members. SHA emphasizes the value of partnerships and encourages all in our community to seek collaborative solutions to increase supportive housing opportunities across the state.

June 5, 2019

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Succeed with Grant – Funded Staff Training , Presented by ACT-Cess USA, Inc. – Lorna F.M. Runkle

Building the Foundation for Housing, Services and Supports: Best Practices Opportunities , Presented by Debroah Wehrlen, Researcher and Author



April 3, 2019

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Cort Furniture, Dominic Sardilli, Dominic.Sardilli@cort.comFurniture that helps make a difference

Getting to Know DCA’s Community Asset Mapping Tool – Tom Stanuikynas Local Planning Services – Department of Community Affairs

Tom Stanuikynas joins us to unlock the mysteries and demo DCA’s interactive asset mapping tool. Built to help facilitate opportunity zone investment and development, the tool can help users gain a better understanding of the characteristics within NJ communities. Valuable economic, local planning, environmental, workforce statistics, and land uses can be displayed along with other state special designations and incentives, some of which can be seen at the parcel level, also include community assets such as transportation, universities, power grids, hospitals, and more.

Deborah E. Cornavaca, Deputy Chief of Staff for Outreach, Office of the Governor – State of NJ

Deborah E. Cornavaca joins us to discuss investment in the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and the new Office of Homeless Initiative as well as other budget initiatives.

Building up Quality Care without Driving up Costs

Gregory Woods, Chief Innovation Officer, Office of Medicaid Innovation, NJ Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services

Gregory Woods is tasked with improving the quality, delivery and cost of care within the Medicaid program. Our Medicaid program serves nearly two million New Jerseyans and is vital to our state’s health care system. Our new Chief Innovation Officer is tasked with improving the quality, delivery and cost of care within the Medicaid program. This interactive presentation will touch on how this goal can be achieved and will give attendees the opportunity to share thoughts about how to define quality and value for the beneficiaries they serve. Greg has extensive experience at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services working with both Medicare and other states to develop policies that support new approaches to payment and delivery.

February 6, 2019 – Membership Meeting

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Opportunity Zones: A National and Local Perspective

Olivia Barrow from Enterprise Community Partners shared the latest updates from Washington, DC, including implementation of the new Opportunity Zones, tax incentive and potential impacts on affordable housing. Her national perspective will also include an outlook for strengthening and expanding the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit in the new Congress, and how local stakeholders can plug in to federal advocacy efforts. Marie Mascherin, NJCC shared practical, on the ground experience based on discussions with OZ investors, developers, and communities and highlight two proposed Opportunity Zone projects currently seeking financial partners. Olivia Barrow, Policy Analyst, Enterprise Community Partners Inc., Marie Mascherin, Chief Operating Officer, NJ Community Capital,

Olivia Barrow presentation

Marie Mascherin presentation

October 17, 2018 – Membership Meeting

Mercedes Witowsky – Executive Director, NJ Council of Developmental Disabilities Access for All


Jim Thebery, Director of Bergen County Division of Disability Services discusses the ABC’s of organizing and sustaining the valuable work of creating barrier free communities. “Access for All” is a campaign to foster equal access to community life and activities for people with disabilities. Through education, and advocacy, Access for All committees work to promote increased accessibility to programs, housing and facilities in municipalities.


Dave Moore, steering committee member and Executive Director Mental Health Services for Inspira Health Network shares the successful data driven housing first model employed by the South Jersey Behavioral Health Innovations Collaborative (SJBHIC), an active collaboration among 5 Health Care Systems and includes Cooper University Healthcare, Inspira Health Network, Jefferson Health New Jersey, Lourdes Health System, and Virtua.

M25 Annual Report

August 1, 2018 – Membership Meeting

Planning for Senior Housing

Melissa Chaulker, Executive Director, NJ Foundation for Aging,

Over the last year the NJ Foundation for Aging has been focusing on both; the unique and similar challenges facing seniors that choose to live in NJ. NJ Foundation has been quietly convening an unusual group of stakeholders, which resulted in a set of recommendations sent to the Governor. Click here


What Other States are Doing Right

Kristin Miller, Director, CSH,

From NY to LA, a number of new and creative partnerships are generating the incentive for a robust supportive housing and financial development. Kristin Miller, Director of CSH and her team will provide a bird’s eye view of the variety of state approaches to open the pipeline. – presentation

June 6, 2018 – Membership Meeting

Iraisa C. Orihuela-Reilly, Senior Staff Attorney,Disability Rights New Jersey

Prioritizing Disability Rights -What are the most pressing barriers faced by persons with disability? What must change for them to become more independent contributing members of society?

Disability Rights New Jersey is the state’s designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities in the state of New Jersey. A champion for the rights of individuals with disabilities for over 20 years DRNJ has advanced human and civil rights in the areas of community integration, discrimination, barriers to employment, education and housing. To ensure that DRNJ’s limited resources address issues of the most importance to people with disabilities in the coming years, they need to hear from you.presentation


April 4, 2018 – Membership Meeting

Foothold Technology – presentation & case study

Meeting People Where They Live – Ken Regan, Vice President, Regan Development – presentation

A family-operated business for more than 20 years, Regan Development is committed to including affordable, supportive, special needs housing in their portfolio. With specialized design features for accessibility and special care partnerships for those facing physical challenges, Regan has created unique partnerships to the address the housing and service needs for those living with physical and cognitive disabilities. Regan Development has created many apartments for this population, in partnership with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and I Choose Home New Jersey.

Building Capacity – What does your organization need to advance its mission? – Tyler Manley, Senior Manager of Nonprofit Engagement, CatchaFire – information & & online demo – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ?registrantKey=82461561341525005&type=ATTENDEEEMAILRECORDINGLINK”>here. Your next step: register and start posting projects at .

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has partnered with CatchaFire, an online tool that connects nonprofits based in New Jersey with professionals who want to donate their skills, pro bono. This partnership gives you access to capacity building support like creating a marketing strategy, building a website, graphic designs, etc. for free, and supports their mission to create a strong Culture of Health. Tyler Manley will be showcasing this resource and educating you on how your organization can benefit from it.

February 7, 2018 – Membership Meeting

The New Tax Law – Olivia Barrow from Enterprise Community Partners will discuss the potential impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on affordable housing and community development programs, why it is more critical than ever for Congress to enact the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act to strengthen and expand the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, and how local housing stakeholders can plug in to federal advocacy efforts in 2018.

Olivia Barrow, Policy Analyst, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. – Click here for presentation

Housing – A Healthy Intervention – Affordable housing is increasingly recognized as an important social determinate of health. Patrick Gillespie, Regional Vice President for State Affairs for Anthem discusses NJ Medicaid policy and Amerigroup’s strategy to improve outcomes and build healthy communities.

Patrick Gillespie, Regional Vice President for State Affairs, Anthem – Click here for presentation


January 8, 2018 – Developers Group Meeting

Click here for Federal Home Loan Bank’s presentation on FHLBNY Life Cycle Overview

October 4, 2017

The Opioid Crisis

Drug overdose deaths in recent years have soared to new heights fueled by the alarming rise in opioid abuse in New Jersey and across the nation. If the trend continues at the current rate New Jersey could lose 5 people a day to this deadly disease. Join us for an informative discussion around the opioid crisis. Panelist will discuss the demographic and geographic information on who is being affected and the help that is available, the financial resources that the state is channeling to combat the epidemic and how the supportive housing strategies that have worked in the past might inform our future programs

Jessica Campell, MSW, Database Manager,NJ 2-1-1 Partnership – presentation

Suzanne Borys, Ed.D., Assistant Division Director, NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services Office of Planning, Research, Evaluation and Prevention – presentation

Kristin Colangelo, LCSW, LCADC Director, Camden Supportive Housing Resources for Human Development

Cardinal Capital

For 15 years, Cardinal Capital has developed innovative supportive housing projects in other states. Jim Hill shares what fuels his passion and how he plans on bringing some of that energy to his next project in New Jersey. presentation

August 2, 2017

Supportive Employment Trends and Opportunities

Elaine E. Katz, Senior Vice President of Grants and Communication, Kessler Foundation – presentation

Cheryl Vail, Community Rehabilitation Programs, NJ Dept. of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services – presentation

Elisa Cohen, Community Work Incentives Coordinator, – NJWINS, the Family Resource Network – presentation

Amy G Watts, President, NJ APSE, Association of People Supporting Employment First and Support Coordinator, Neighbours Inc.

Community Reinvestments

CRA initiatives increase resources in low income communities

Geraldine Flach, Community Development Program Manager, AVP, CRA Department, Valley National Bank – presentation

Presentation in Spanish here


June 7, 2017

The State of Supportive Housing Resources Across Populations

This two part panel will explore the current available resources for housing supports across the spectrum of special needs populations. Housing Vouchers provide a key source of assistance enabling affordability and independent living to tens of thousands of disabled households. Today, vouchers come from several different sources and navigating the options available, procedures for acquiring them and parameters around keeping them vary.

Additionally, services may be delivered in a variety of different housing combinations. We will hear from experts working with the intellectually and developmentally disabled, behavioral health and addiction service specialists and those working to move people from homelessness to permanent homes. Moving forward we can see how different funding sources may require different advocacy strategies to make more housing available.

– Iliana Castro, Community Action Unlimited

– Taiisa Kelly, Monarch Housing

– Nancy Schneeloch, Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services – Click herefor presentation

– David Cooper, Values into Action

– Steven Durham, Department of Community Affairs

– Carleton Lewis, Department of Housing and Urban Development

– Vernon Lawrence, Pleasantville Housing Authority

– Patricia Ramirez, Jersey City Housing Authority – Click here for presentation


April 5, 2017


Strengthening Capacity and Making the Case for Supportive Housing

Several years ago SHA gathered stakeholders together to think about new investment tools that might grow the supportive housing industry. Today a panel of supportive housing leaders will discuss a new “Supportive Housing Fund” that will provide financing for purchase, construction and development specifically for affordable supportive housing. Moving forward, data collection will play a key role to document the impact that makes the business case for supportive housing and future funding.

  • Marie Mascherin, Chief Lending Officer New Jersey Community Capital – Click here for her presentation
  • Leah R. Apgar, Lending Team Leader Housing and Health Communities, New Jersey Community Capital
  • Krystal Odell, CEO, PennReach
  • Melody Federico, Chief Real Estate Officer, NewBridge Services
  • Joel Cantor, Director of the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University – click here for his presentation

SHA Training Consortium

Upgrade Staff Skills – Reduce Turnover – Improve Lives on a Limited Budget

Lorna F. M. Runkle, Act-Cess USA, Inc- Click here for her presentation


February 1, 2017 – Annual Meeting

The Changing Federal Landscape

As SHA welcomes a new administration and a new Congress, how can the supportive housing industry prepare for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead? A panel of supportive housing leaders will discuss the current landscape of housing, health, and human service strategies in New Jersey and the potential for federal level changes that may have an impact on the funding and availability of affordable housing and Medicaid services to those with special needs.

Sherry Lerch, Senior Consultant, TAC, Marcella Maguire, Director, CSH, Pascale Leone, Senior Program Manager, CSH

Click here for Marcella’s presentation from CSH

Click here for Sherry & Pascale’s presentation from CSH

October 4, 2016

Click here for presentation by Valerie Harr, Deputy Commissioner, NJ Department of Human Services, Supportive Housing and NJ Medicaid

Click here for presentation by David Bucciferro, Senior Advisor, Foothold Technology -“No More Sleepless Nights: 8 Tips on Fee Service”


August 3, 2016

Ellen Nalven, Executive Director, Plan/NJ: Lifetime Assistance Planning for People with Disabilities – Click here

Housing and Supportive Services for Seniors Citizens – A panel of experts will discuss needs and opportunities for consideration by the supportive housing industry

Facilitator: Grace Egan, Executive Director, The NJ Foundation for Aging – Click here

-Tina Zsenak (Nancy Day, Director), NJ Department of Human Services, Division on Aging – Click here

-Noah Freiberg, Developer, Pennrose Properties LLC – Click here

-Krystal Odell, President and CEO, PennReach Inc – Click here

-Jennifer Langer Jacobs, COO, Amerigroup NJ – Click here


June 1, 2016

Anne Hamlin,
Director Tax Credit Services, NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA)

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). Click here for her presentation.

Shelley Samuels, Chief Operating Officer, and Denise Majka, Vice President, Easter Seals New Jersey Solutions, LLC

Lessons Learned for Electronic Health Records Selection, Implementation and Utlization. Click here for their presentation.


April 6, 2016

Karen J. Alexander, MPA, Managing Director, NJTIP @ Rutgers – The New Jersey Travel Independence Program Teaching people with disabilities and seniors how to use public transit to increase mobility and independence safely

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Sid Blanchard – CAU (Community Access Unlimted) – click here for Sid’s presentation


February 2016


August 2015

Carolyn Beauchamp, Preisdent and CEO, MHANJCurrent Policy Issues and Services offered by MHANJ

MHANJ Presentation

Leonard Ward, Director, NJ Parole Board – The Critical Housing and Community Support Needs of Ex-offenders; Preventing Recidivism

For Len Ward presentation’s click on these: Slides A Slides B Slides C

June 2015

Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) Program Overview presented by Joseph Bongiovanni, Director MLTSS and Contract Logistics

MLTSS Presentation


April 2015

The Fourth Regional Plan – “Fragile Success” Taking Stock of the New York Metropolitan Region. Courtnay Mercer, NJ Director, Regional Plan Association (RPA) and Arnold Cohen, Policy Coordinator of the Housing & Community Development Network of NJ spoke about planning for a more equitable region.

Slide Presentation

Employment of People with Disabilities. Elaine Katz, VP of Grants and Communication. Patty Cullinane, Director of Workforce Development, NJ Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Slide Presentation (Katz)

Nina Weiss

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Slide 2


February 2015

The Evolution of PSH – Aligning Policy and Reality
Presented by: Kevin Martone , Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc.

Slide presentation
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Handout 2

Beth Bentley
Housing and Community Lending Programs
The Federal Home Loan Bank System
Slide presentation

May 2014

Kent R. Pipes,President, The Affordable Homes Group
Micro-Housing: A Faith Community Response to Homelessness | Click here to view presentation

March 2014

Tobacco Cessation in the Context of Supportive Housing

Marie Verna, Rutgers Behavioral Health Care | Click here to download PDF
Cara Ann Murphy,
NJ GASP | Click here to download PDF

July 2013

Separation of Housing From Services

Valerie Larosiliere, Assistant Director, DMHAS | Click here to download PDF

Mary Rossettini, President & CEO, Advance Housing | Click here to download PDF

Kathy Bianco, APRN-BC, Vice President Clinical Services, Care Plus NJ, Inc. | Click here to download PDF

Additional resources:

A Proposed Rule by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on 05/03/2012:
Medicaid Program; State Plan Home and Community-Based Services, 5-Year Period for Waivers, Provider Payment Reassignment, and Setting Requirements for Community First Choice
Click here to read

May 2013

The Arc of NJ Criminal Justice Advocacy Program: Overview of the Atlantic County Transitional Services Pilot Project, by Jessica S. Oppenheim, Esq, Director, Criminal Justice Advocacy Program of The Arc of NJ; Chelsea Gallagher, Transitional Specialist, The Arc CARES, Atlantic County Pilot Project

Click here to download PDF

March 2013

Dawn Apgar
Assistant Commissioner, Department of Human Services
Director, Division of Developmental Disabilities
New Vision for Support of Individuals with Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities Across the Life Course
Click here to download PDF

Steve Fittante
Director, NJ Transit Local Programs
Community Transit: Mobility Resources for Supportive Housing
Alternatives for providing mobility services for people with disabilities through an integrated use of advance reservation and fixed route transit including both county and NJ Transit operated services.
Click here to download PDF

January 2013

Valerie Larosiliere
Assistant Director, Office of Treatment and Recovery Supports, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Service Delivery for Mental Health and Addiction Services
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Jeffrey Brenner, MD
Executive Director/Medical Director, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
Bending the Cost Curve and Improving Quality in One of America’s Poorest Cities
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SHA Developers’ Group Presentations

January 2014

Introduction to the new Supportive Housing Connection.
Janel Winter DHS
Katie Nosker and Bob Huether, NJ HMFA
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October 2012

Sid Blanchard
Executive Director, Community Access Unlimited
Developing Housing: Strengthening Supports; Making Healthy Nonprofit Agencies
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Other Meetings and Conferences

May, 2013

Presentationo Morris County Family Group by Gail Levinson, Executive Director of SHA and Cherry Oakley, Executive Director, Neighbours Inc.

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Self-Directed Supports Conference

This slide show was presented as a workshop by Gail Levinson, Executive Director of SHA; Janel Winter, Director of Housing and Residential Programming, Division of Developmental Disabilities; and Gail Frizzell, parent, at the Self-Directed Supports Conference, May 18, 2013.

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Here is a list of resources for families that was handed out at the conference:

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Or, click here to view resources for families online