Out of Reach 2022
According to an annual, national report, New Jersey is the sixth most expensive location for renters. The report, Out of Reach, was jointly released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), a research and advocacy organization dedicated solely to achieving affordable and decent homes for the lowest income people, and the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (the Network). Learn more at

Upcoming Events and Meetings

Newark Community Development Network Meetings 2022:

For more information, contact Arnold Cohen, Senior Policy Coordinator at [email protected]

Upcoming Network Events:
First Friday Member Discussion
Friday, September 9 at 11am

Under One Roof
Friday, October 21, 2022

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



The Network supports advocates in Newark who meet as the Newark Community Development Network (NCDN) a consortium of all the major neighborhood-based community development corporations in Newark along with a variety of community service groups, higher education institutions including Rutgers Newark, and advocacy groups such as the Newark Branch NAACP and the N.J. Institute for Social Justice.
They have been meeting regularly for over 30 years!

Some of the current projects the Network and its members are working on include:

Monitoring and engaged in the work of the Newark’s Equitable Growth Commission, with a focus on equity issues as related to development such as the newly enacted Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance and the utilization of local development funds.
Advocating for better rules to enable non-profits to produce more affordable homes.
Contributing and overseeing the development and implementation of the City’s Master Plan.
Developing and implementing neighborhood revitalization plans with active community engagement.
Fostering and supporting collaborations amongst its members and others organization.


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.

Essex 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.