Lame Duck Session
There are just a few days left in the current NJ legislative session which means all pending legislative business must be wrapped up before the new session begins in January. On December 18, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Senate President Nicholas Scutari, Senator Troy Singleton, and Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez held a press conference to announce legislation addressing enforcement of the state's Mount Laurel Doctrine. The Network will be reviewing details of the legislation, in the meantime, click here for an official statement on the announcement. Click here for full descriptions of all HCDNNJ's lame duck policy priorities. 

Upcoming Events and Meetings

Atlantic County A-Team Meetings 2024
January 31, 2024 at Jewish Family Services - 11AM to 1PM

For more information, contact Matthew Hersh, Director of Policy and Advocacy at [email protected]

Upcoming Network Events:
First Friday Member Discussion
Friday, January 12, 2024 at 11AM

35th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, April 12, 2024 at Forsgate Country Club

Become a Member!

With over 250 members of affordable housing and community development corporations, individuals and others who support the creation of homes and economic opportunity for low- and moderate- income residents, the Network's goal is to make housing and community choices more balanced and equitable. We are proud to be NJ's premiere source for public policy advocacy, technical assistance and training resources, and cutting-edge research for our partners' community revitalization efforts. Click here to learn more!

Our members include:

  • Nonprofit affordable housing and 
    community development organizations
  • Community organizing agencies
  • Other community-based nonprofit organization
  • Technical assistance providers
  • Various social service agencies
  • Financial institutions
  • Builders and developers

County Background


With its rising average age, declining property values and population, Atlantic County has some fundamental economic challenges that affects its housing market. However, bright spots include rising household incomes and employment numbers. With a dozen Network advocates in place to move a grassroots agenda, the Atlantic County A-Team is ready to be up and running in early 2021.

Key policy focus:

  • Neighborhood Empowerment Safety Training (NEST)—Work with community leaders, neighborhood associations, elected officials, and other civic organizations to assess the built environment and a take a collaborative to address community safety needs. This approach will empower residents to reduce crime in their neighborhood.

  • Code Blue & Homelessness–State law allows for county homelessness trust funds to be used for code blue emergency shelter services. Among the policy focuses for the Atlantic A-Team is to encourage more comprehensive code blue services, in part, by establishing a county homelessness trust fund.

  • Healthy Homes – The Atlantic County A-Team will work to support the Network’s Community Health Action Mobilization Program and Strategies, or CHAMPS project. In the initial phase, the A-Team will:

    • Survey & analyze CDC participation in health system activities;
    • Analyze participation of health system leaders in community development work;
    • Review existing CHNAs;
    • Identify existing partnerships and opportunities for CDCs and health systems to work in concert
    • Follow CHAMPS’ longer-term, 24-month strategy


The following is a list of food, healthcare, housing, and financial resources along with resources for families, children, and seniors. Additional resources can be found here on our main resources page.

Atlantic County Housing Resource Guide (English/Spanish)

Emergency Assistance
An explanation of Emergency Assistance from the NJ Department of Human Services Division of Family Development.

SEED: Growing our Communities Program
Sponsored in partnership by the Network and New Jersey Community Capital (NJCC), this program provides HCDNNJ members and non-members access to low-cost, pre-development loans to support their economic development projects.

New Jersey HUD Certified Housing Counseling Organizations
This listing is of the HUD certified housing counseling organization that are part of the Network's housing intermediary sub grantee group.

Homelessness Trust Fund
This toolkit is to assist advocates in their efforts to help create County Homeless Trust Funds. Here you'll find a fact sheet, endorsements, model ordinance and county plans.