Housing Trust Fund, Keeping Families Together and Other Critical Affordable Housing Programs Keep Families and Individuals Out of Homelessness
On October 26, 2018, the Anti-Poverty Network (APN) of New Jersey’s Annual Poverty Summit featured welcoming remarks from New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Deputy Commissioner Robert Long on their work to provide affordable housing.
Long shared DCA’s priorities around housing and told the audience that the Governor Murphy and Lieutenant Governor Oliver administration supports the mission of APN to end poverty in New Jersey.
- DCA works to keep housing affordable for more than 40,000 New Jersey families.
- On the housing front, DCA is looking to create housing opportunities for low income residents.
- Through its National Housing Trust Fund (HTF) allocation, New Jersey has spent $6.6 million to develop new affordable housing.
- This HTF funding created new homes for at least 50 individuals or families, all of whom are priority populations.
- In 2019 and 2020, DCA expects to award an additional $12.6 million through HTF funding to create new affordable housing in New Jersey.
- DCA is also working in partnership with the New Jersey Dept. of Human Services (DHS) to develop supportive and affordable housing for families and individuals at risk of homelessness.
- DCF is currently providing rental assistance to 170 people who are at risk of homelessness and in recovery for opioid addiction recovery.
- And in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF), DCA provides rental assistance to 600 families at risk of being homeless in New Jersey
- In New Jersey’s neighborhoods, DCA is working with new funding to strengthen neighborhoods. DCA is a State agency created to provide administrative guidance, financial support and technical assistance to local governments, community development organizations, businesses and individuals to improve the quality of life in New Jersey.
- DCA offers a wide range of programs and services that respond to issues of public concern including fire and building safety, housing production, community planning and development, and local government management and finance.
APN’s mission is to fight poverty in New Jersey by empowering partners, educating the community, and advocating for solutions.
APN’s vision for success is a New Jersey where all residents have a realistic opportunity to meet their basic needs and contribute to the broader society, which will benefit from the full participation of all its members.