March 21 Reception Honors His Lifetime Commitment to Ending Homelessness and Kicks Off Advocacy Fund
On March 21, 2019, Monarch Housing Associates celebrated Richard Brown’s retirement with a reception honoring Richard.
Richard’s friends, colleagues and fellow advocates gathered at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township to celebrate his retirement after 28 years of leadership. The event recognized Richard’s lifetime commitment to ending homelessness and kicked off the Richard Brown Advocacy Fund.
Richard’s unwavering commitment to those in New Jersey without a home to call their own was recognized in the remarks by Monarch Housing Board of Trustees President Bob Kley, the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey’s Senior Policy Advisor Arnold Cohen, and Monarch Housing’s CEO Taiisa Kelly.
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In 1991, Richard began his long time career with Monarch as its first CEO. He 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 in July 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.
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.