Out of Reach 2023
According to an annual, national report, New Jersey is the sixth most expensive location for renters. The report, Out of Reach, was jointly released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), a research and advocacy organization dedicated solely to achieving affordable and decent homes for the lowest income people, and the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (the Network). Learn more at

Upcoming Events and Meetings

Atlantic County A-Team Meetings 2023
Wednesday, September 13, 11AM-12PM - 
agenda here
Wednesday, December 6, 11AM-12PM

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

Upcoming Network Events:
First Friday Member Discussion
Friday, September 8, 2023 at 11am

Under One Roof: Network Conference & Membership Meeting
Friday, October 20, 2023

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.