Monarch Housing to Honor Richard Brown on March 21

Celebrate Richard’s Retirement after a Lifetime Commitment to Housing for all and Help Monarch Kick Off the Richard Brown Advocacy Fund

Monarch Housing Associates invites you to join us one month from today on Thursday, March 21 as we celebrate Richard Brown’s retirement and recognize his 28 years of leadership and unwavering commitment to housing for all. We hope that you will buy your ticket today and join us on March 21.

We will celebrate Richard and his life’s work of creating housing opportunities for all as he moves on to new adventures. The celebration will be an evening reception on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Forsgate Country Club. Ticket prices are $100.

Thursday, March 21, 2019
6:00pm – 8:30pm
Forsgate Country Club
375 Forsgate Drive, Monroe Township, NJ 08831

You can help continue the work of ensuring all of our neighbors have a home they can afford by donating to the Richard Brown Advocacy Fund. Your donation will support Monarch’s efforts to continue this important work.

Click here to buy a ticket and/or make a donation to the Richard Brown Advocacy Fund.

In 1991, Richard began his long time career with Monarch as its first CEO. He has led the effort to ensure that every one of our neighbors has access to quality affordable, permanent housing that fosters freedom, independence and community integration.

Over the course of his career at Monarch, Richard led and championed many initiatives in New Jersey such as Project Homeless Connect, Homeless Persons Memorial, Housing First, new funding streams for housing development and encouraging service providing agencies to expand to housing services. Under Richard’s leadership Monarch expanded activities in housing development, homeless planning and advocacy to advance the efforts of ensuring the availability of independent housing for all.

On the advocacy front, Richard led the organization of the first New Jersey Congressional Reception traditionally held on a July afternoon in Washington, D.C. In recent years, the Congressional Reception has drawn crowds of over four hundred constituents from New Jersey traveling to D.C. by bus and is attended by every member of New Jersey’s congressional delegation and their staff.

Events such as the Congressional Reception have been successful due to the many advocacy partnerships that Richard built and strengthened including those with Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), the Supportive Housing Association of NJ (SHA), the Anti-Poverty Network (APN), the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ (HCDNNJ) and countless other advocacy groups and nonprofits working to end homelessness and create affordable homes.

In New Jersey, Richard has helped to expand permanent supportive housing for persons with special needs across the state. Along with community partners Richard participated in the development of key legislation that changed the affordable housing and ending homelessness landscape in the state such as the Special Needs Housing Trust Fund and the Homeless Trust Fund.

Under Richard’s guidance, Monarch partnered with developers and nonprofit providers to create affordable new homes across that state to house a variety of populations including those with special needs. Through the creation of affordable homes for all populations Richard helped communities, providers, and funders to believe we can, we should, and we must provide independent housing opportunities for all.

Join us on March 21 to celebrate Richard, his retirement and pursuit of new adventures, as well as the legacy that he leaves Monarch Housing.