Announcements

Protect the Affordable Housing Trust Fund!
The proposed FY2022 budget has some very important housing investments that help address New Jersey’s racial and economic disparities, including increased funding for emergency Code Blue resources, rental assistance for new moms and support for LGBTQ folks experiencing housing insecurity. We enthusiastically endorse these proposals in the budget. However, we oppose diverting $57 million from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and moving funds intended to create affordable homes for lower-income New Jerseyans to other programs that benefit higher-income residents. Click here to find out how you can take action!

Upcoming Events and Meetings

Tri-County County A-Team Meetings 2021

May 4, 2021
August 3, 2021
December 7, 2021

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

Upcoming Network Events:
First Friday Member Discussion
June 4, 2021 at 11am


Legislative Day
June 2, 2021



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.

Resources

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.