Proactively Creating Supportive Housing Opportunities in Urban Environment; With Preference for People with Disabilities
Each year, the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey (SHA) honors members and organizations within the supportive housing community who exemplify by their work and projects the thriving community in the state of New Jersey. The awards will be presented at SHA’s annual conference on Friday, December 7. The theme of this year’s conference is “Great Expectations.”
Among the 2018 award honorees are:
For the SHA NJ Supportive Housing Municipal Award – The City of Hoboken and Mayor Ravinder Bhalla
- The Supportive Housing Municipal Award recognizes the accomplishments of a town or city that has proactively created supportive housing opportunities for people with disabilities and other special needs.
- Monarch Housing Associates nominated the City of Hoboken and Mayor Ravinder Bhalla.
- The City of Hoboken, from the Mayor’s office to key staff and departments thought the City, was a key partner in the redevelopment of the American Legion building, aiding every step of the way.
- The City not only provided the additional land needed to make the building work, but also provided the balance of the adjacent parking lot, that is being used for construction staging activities.
- The City provided over $200,000 in capital funding, and also waived all permit fees for construction. Multiple departments within the City helped streamline the submission requirements and with the overall coordination and review process.
- Without the leadership of the Mayor’s office, and the City, this could have caused delays and project would have incurred additional cost.
- The City of Hoboken has worked diligently to create affordable housing through the City.
- In 2012, an Affordable Housing code was adopted by the City to ensure all developments provide their fair share of affordable units.
For the SHA NJ Supportive Housing Project of the Year – Franklin Lakes – Nominated by Kitchen Associates
- Kitchen Associates nominated this unique 40-unit development in Bergen County that creates a community of permanent supportive housing with preference for persons with disabilities.
- Monarch Housing serves as the housing consultant for this project.
- Franklin Lakes is a joint partnership of the Alpert Group, with the Housing Development Corporation of Bergen County, West Bergen Mental Health, Housing Consultant – Monarch Housing Associates, Architect – Kitchen & Associates, Civil Engineer – MidAtlantic Engineering Partners, LLC
- Financing Partners – NJHMFA, Enterprise Community Investment, TD Bank, Borough of Franklin Lakes, and Bergen County Division of Community Development.
Other award honorees include:
- SHA NJ Supportive Housing Tenant Award – Katie Guidi
- SHA NJ Direct Support Staff Award- Joubert Alcanthe – Senior Director Support Professional – Partnerships for People and
- Gina Pepi- Assistance Team Leader – Declarations
- SHA NJ Civic Leadership Award- Nancy Schneeloch – Regional Program Director, Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services
- SHA NJ Supportive Housing Project of the Year BANDI JFS- Nominated by NJ Community Capital