Diane Yentel Keynotes SHA Conference and Richard Brown Receives Cornerstone Award

SHA Conference: Now is the Time to Advocate for Affordable Homes and Supportive Housing

On Friday, December 1, the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey held its 19th annual conference with Diane Yentel of the National Low Income Housing Conference giving the keynote speech and awarded Richard W. Brown the Cornerstone award.

The annual conference attracted the attendance of over 400 supportive housing providers, service providers, funders, policymakers and advocates. The conference, “Climate Change: Building Housing Opportunities in a Changing World,” was held in Woodbridge.

Diane Yentel Keynotes SHA Conference and Richard Brown Receives Cornerstone Award

(L to R) Jan Lilien, YWCA of Union County, Melody Federico, NewBridge, Bob Guarasci, NJCDC and Diane Riley, SHANJ

The conference’s agenda included a Supportive Housing Awards Presentation for Outstanding Work in the Supportive Housing Field to Direct Support Professionals Staff, a Tenant and Municipal Awards.

The day concluded with an award presentation to Monarch Housing’s CEO Richard W. Brown of SHA’s Cornerstone Award and a Keynote Address from Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the NLIHC.

Both Brown and Yentel reminded the audience of the critical importance for continued advocacy work as our country faces an increasingly worse affordable housing crisis.

In their remarks, they called us to double down on our advocacy efforts to increase funding for:

  • housing vouchers,
  • the National Housing Trust Fund,
  • Low Income Tax Credit and
  • the other critical federal funding sources needed to end homelessness in New Jersey.

Throughout the day, attendees had the opportunity to attend workshops on topics such as

  • Healthcare in a New Era and the Impact on Providers
  • Succeeding in Medicaid Fee for Service using Implementation Science
  • Keeping Families Together an Innovative Family Supportive Housing Model
  • The Changing Landscape of Cyber Security
  • Mapping Community Assets – Tapping into Community Resources
  • Property Management Strategies
  • Funding Supportive Housing for the Long Term
  • and more

Climate Change: Building Housing in a Changing World

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