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

Tri-County County A-Team Meetings 2024

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

Tri-County: Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem

The Tri-County region’s persistent homelessness levels, a severely depressed South Jersey economy (unemployment is at around 14 percent), and poverty numbers in Cumberland and Salem that far surpass the state average, continue to vex the region amid a lack of housing options. Because of the relatively small population, our members are poised to put a dent in these indicators of a chronically sagging economy. 

Key policy focus:

  • County Homelessness Trust Fund

  • Neighborhood Empowerment Safety Training

  • Healthy Homes—Our members can work with municipalities and property managers to help educate the benefits of no-smoking rules as well as to work with policymakers to encourage active-friendly communities.

  • Vacant properties inventory—Despite the depressed market, the affordable housing stock is very limited. In Salem City alone, the average income is $23,000/year and yet the average rent is $1,200/month. The Tri-County A-Team will work with mayors, councils, and the freeholder board on identifying ways to repurpose the region’s vacant properties.


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.

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.