Diane Riley Leading Voice for Hungry and Poor in NJ
As of January 1, 2017, Diane Riley has taken the position of Executive Director at the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey (SHA.)
Monarch Housing along with SHA’s board of trustees, members and staff welcome Diane to the SHA family.
Diane Riley brings with her many years of experience as a leading voice for the hungry and poor in New Jersey.
Joining the Community Food Bank in 2011, Diane Riley led a coalition of stakeholders to raise awareness about hunger, engage in public dialogue, and influence policies that address underlying causes as well as solutions.
“At no point in time has the door been so wide open for people with special needs to live with the kind of tailored support services they need in homes that are a part of every community in New Jersey. My hope and dream is to be able to corral the resources through the diversity and strength of the SHA network to continue to create innovative solutions some known and those yet to be discovered that can make independent living a reality,” says Riley, SHA’s new Executive Director.
In March 2016, the General Assembly honored Diane for her service leadership and commitment to improve the quality of life for citizens throughout the state of New Jersey.
Diane is a member of the board of trustees of the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ (APN) which, as part of its mission, is dedicated to eradicate homelessness and create affordable housing for all those in need.
Diane was a key participant in last year’s Congressional Reception in Washington DC and Monarch Housing Associates looks forward to working with her in the critical work of expanding the supply, accessibility and variety of affordable, permanent supportive housing through development, planning, advocacy and partnerships.
SHA is a statewide, nonprofit organization, founded in 1998, whose mission is to promote and maintain a strong supportive housing industry in New Jersey serving people with special needs.
SHA does this by:
- Providing resources and services to our membership of over 90 organizations which include nonprofit and for-profit housing developers, service providers, allied statewide advocacy organizations, corporate vendors and professional organizations, all dedicated to the supportive housing industry
- Strengthening the capacity of member organizations to provide supportive housing services through information, training, and collaboration
- Advocating for innovation and systems-change to provide more flexible funding and increased mainstream housing opportunities to allow people with disabilities to live as independently as possible
- Educating policy makers, elected officials, people living with disabilities/families and the public on the use and benefits of the supportive housing model