October 21, 2022

Hundreds of community development leaders, housing advocates and policy makers convened in-person for the first time since the onset of the pandemic on Friday, October 21, to discuss investments, policies and best practices to help HouseNJ and strengthen NJ communities. Organized by the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (the Network), Under One Roof: The Network’s Annual Community Development Conference and Membership Meeting included topical workshops, awards for municipalities engaged in housing development, the presentation of the Community Development Champion Award to the Senate Majority Leader M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29) and a lifetime achievement presentation to retired Senator Ronald L. Rice. Click here to learn more.

Senate Majority Leader M. Teresa Ruiz Accepts the 
2022 Community Development Champion Award
NJ Department of Community Affairs Chief of Staff
Kimberly Holmes 
Delivers Remarks



8:15am – 9:00am Registration, Networking, Sponsor Exhibits and Continental Breakfast

9:00am – 10:15am Welcome Remarks & Opening Session

Welcome Remarks:

  • Leslie StivalePresident/CEO of Triple C Housing, Inc.
  • Karen McGuinness, Senior Business Relationship Manager, Nonprofit & Education Banking, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • The Honorable Sheila Oliver, NJ Lieutenant Governor & Department of Community Affairs Commissioner
  • Melanie Walter, NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency Executive Director

2022 Board of Directors Elections:
Laura Rodgers, Chief Impact Officer for Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties

Awards Presentation:
Assemblyman Jerry Green Legacy Award: The Honorable Ronald L. Rice
Community Development Champion: The Honorable M. Teresa Ruiz
Hall of Heroes Inductee: Connie Mercer

10:30am – 11:30am Session I Workshops

  • Spreading the Canvas: Expanding Art Further into Community Development
    Weaving the arts into our neighborhoods and development projects

  • Building Strong Communities: Learn About State and Federal Investments Available to Support Your Development Projects
    Learn about funding available for your projects and how to apply

  • Protecting Personal Identifiable Information (PII): A Training for HUD Certified Housing Counselors
    For housing counselors to meet HUD confidentiality requirements

  • Land Acquisition: Building and Maintaining Community Wealth
    A deep dive into vacant and abandoned property tools

  • JumpStart: Catch a Preview of HCDNNJ’s NEW Housing Development Training Program
    A training program to help get your projects off the ground

11:45am – 12:45pm Session II Workshops

  • Eviction Prevention: Tools to Keep Tenants Safely in their Homes
    Get more information on the federal Emergency Rental Assistance program and how it's being used to protect tenants

  • Winning Strategies: 2022 Under One Roof Award Winners
    Hear from the experts bringing their projects to life

  • NJ’s New Lead Rental Inspection Law: Funding and Training Opportunities to Get the Lead Out
    Find out how to take advantage of new opportunities to get rid of toxic lead

  • Community Investment Advisory Board (CDIA): Affinity Group (Workshop By Invitation)
    A forum for community development banking partners

  • House NJ: Policies on the Agenda to Ensure Affordable and Stable Homes for All
    A public policy preview from state and federal representatives

1:00pm – 3:30pm Lunch & Afternoon Session

Plenary: Advancing Racial Equity Starts at Home: Building a Diverse and Inclusive Community Development Sector

Awards Presentation:
Allie Ries, Regional Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Officer for M&T Bank

  • Outstanding Municipal Partners:
    • New Development: City of Newark & City of Bridgeton
    • Neighborhood Revitalization: Burlington City
    • Healthy Homes: City of Newark
    • Outstanding Community Partners: Roxbury High School
    • Outstanding National Housing Trust Fund Award: Triple C Housing

  • Exceptional Community Partner: NJ Center for Nonprofits
  • Organizing & Advocacy Award: Lead-Free NJ
  • Lasting Achievement Honorees

*Please note agenda is subject to change