Announcements

Protect the Affordable Housing Trust Fund!
The proposed FY2022 budget has some very important housing investments that help address New Jersey’s racial and economic disparities, including increased funding for emergency Code Blue resources, rental assistance for new moms and support for LGBTQ folks experiencing housing insecurity. We enthusiastically endorse these proposals in the budget. However, we oppose diverting $57 million from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and moving funds intended to create affordable homes for lower-income New Jerseyans to other programs that benefit higher-income residents. Click here to find out how you can take action!

Upcoming Events and Meetings

Monmouth County A-Team Meetings 2021
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

For more information, contact Matthew Hersh, Director of Policy and Advocacy at [email protected]

Upcoming Network Events:
First Friday Member Discussion
June 4, 2021 at 11am


Legislative Day
June 2, 2021



Become a Member!

With over 250 members of affordable housing and community development corporations, individuals and others who support the creation of homes and economic opportunity for low- and moderate- income residents, the Network's goal is to make housing and community choices more balanced and equitable. We are proud to be NJ's premiere source for public policy advocacy, technical assistance and training resources, and cutting-edge research for our partners' community revitalization efforts. Click here to learn more!

Our members include:

  • Nonprofit affordable housing and 
    community development organizations
  • Community organizing agencies
  • Other community-based nonprofit organization
  • Technical assistance providers
  • Various social service agencies
  • Financial institutions
  • Builders and developers


County Background

Monmouth

Monmouth County, a sprawling, 53-town region outpaces the state in median household income, median property value, and boasts poverty rates that fall under the state average. But it’s an incubator for housing inequity, particularly as shore towns benefit from reinvestment and suffer from gentrification.

Asbury Park, for example, has a poverty rate more than four times (30 percent) the level of the county (7.5 percent), and has a median household income that is a third of the county. And yet, the city’s the median property value is $335,000, just a tick higher than the state average. In fact, property values continue to rise as people invest down the shore, but high poverty rates continue to hurt communities in places like Asbury Park, Neptune City, Long Branch.

With the median property value in Monmouth County now at $421,700 in 2017—nearly twice the national average--and with New Jersey’s shore towns developing stronger economies, there are concerns about rising rents, access to homeownership, and availability of affordable homes. There are also more economically depressed parts of the county, including northern county towns like Union Beach and Keansburg that lack economic investment and have higher poverty rates.

Our members are working to address these ongoing issues through a carefully-implemented policy agenda.

Key policy focus:

  • Affordable Housing Trust Fund availability

  • County Homelessness Trust Fund and its tie to Code Blue

  • COAH compliance

  • Tenant protections/Right to Counsel

Resources

The following is a list of food, healthcare, housing, and financial resources along with resources for families, children, and seniors. Additional resources can be found here on our main resources page.

Monmouth County Housing Resource Guide (English/Spanish)

Emergency Assistance
An explanation of Emergency Assistance from the NJ Department of Human Services Division of Family Development.

SEED: Growing our Communities Program
Sponsored in partnership by the Network and New Jersey Community Capital (NJCC), this program provides HCDNNJ members and non-members access to low-cost, pre-development loans to support their economic development projects.

New Jersey HUD Certified Housing Counseling Organizations
This listing is of the HUD certified housing counseling organization that are part of the Network's housing intermediary sub grantee group.

Homelessness Trust Fund
This toolkit is to assist advocates in their efforts to help create County Homeless Trust Funds. Here you'll find a fact sheet, endorsements, model ordinance and county plans.