2017 Under One Roof Honorees

Community Development Champion,
The Honorable Charles A. Richman, Commissioner
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs

This award is presented to a public official who has provided exceptional support and leadership for community development in NJ. Commissioner Richman has worked at the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for 30 years and has more than 40 years of experience in New Jersey state government. The Network has selected Commissioner Richman as Community Development Champion for helping improve the State’s response to Superstorm Sandy and for working closely with non-profits on funding initiatives to help chronically homeless individuals and families find a permanent home through the Homelessness Prevention Program; Rapid Re-Housing Program, Housing First and Moving On.

Exceptional Community Partner,
New Jersey Policy Perspective
This award is presented to a partner or allied organization that works closely with the Network to build strong communities and ensure economic and social justice in our state. NJ Policy Perspective has been a strong partner of the Network to advance economic justice and prosperity for all New Jerseyans through their evidence-based, independent research, analysis and advocacy. They have worked with the Network and our partners to advance policies to improve lives and bolster the state’s economic prospects.

Advocacy and Organizing Award, 
Urban League of Essex County and Fairmount Heights Neighborhood Association
The Urban League, under the leadership of Vivian Cox Fraser, led a campaign to ensure that the development of the PSE&G switching station was done with community input and approval so that what would be built would complement and assist neighborhood revitalization in keeping with the Fairmount Heights Strategic plan. Over a thousand residents participated in the development of the neighborhood plan and the new station was sited with community input. Working with community partners and local residents the Urban League brokered a compromise that will result in a better integration of the switching station into the neighborhood with an art wall surrounding the facility and 3 acres of land to be developed into a mixed-use development as well as $5 million dollars toward the construction of a neighborhood community center.

Media Award,
Asbury Park Press
This award is presented to print journalists who make a dedicated effort to inform the public about the inequities in housing and to add to the understanding of the disparities between the well-housed and the poorly or un-housed in a community, and to encourage journalists who do not normally cover low income housing issues to do so. We are honoring the Asbury Park Press for their four part investigative series into New Jersey's rental housing system that exposes negligent landlords. This series, “Renter Hell”, led to Senators Rice and Beck drafting bipartisan legislation to fix many of the practices uncovered by the series.  As a result of the series and bill, HUD and NJDCA have already started addressing changes to remedy some of the abuses uncovered.

Outstanding Municipal Partner - New Development,
Borough of Morris Plains 
With the assistance of the Madison Affordable Housing Corporation, the Borough of Morris Plains planned and financed the development of 56 apartments for very low, low and moderate income families. This development included one, two and three bedroom apartments. Families that would otherwise be priced out of the rental market in Morris County can now live in Morris Plains paying a significantly reduced rent.

Outstanding Municipal Partner - New Development,
Town of Morristown
Morristown has approved Payments in Lieu of Taxes for Homeless Solution’s "special needs" projects financed through the Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. Under Mayor Dougherty, Morristown has also been vigilant and aggressive with market-rate builders to be sure developments have inclusionary affordable units and have include projects from Morris Habitat for Humanity and Homeless Solutions into the town's housing plans. These are infill projects that enhance and strengthen their neighborhoods. The Mt. Kemble Home was a $1.5M renovation of a state and federally listed historic property. The Habitat project on MLK rescued a long-stalled, half-built project from the recession. The pending Homeless Solutions project at 88 MLK has already resulted in the demolition of a dilapidated eyesore building and removal of a liquor license from the residential neighborhood.

Outstanding Municipal Partner - Redevelopment,
The City of East Orange
East Orange has worked to preserve and improve its existing housing stock and brought comprehensive community development to the Greenwood community. Its initial effort focused on the redevelopment of the south side of the Eaton Place site between 15th and 16th Street, with four townhomes built by La Casa de Don Pedro and five townhomes to be constructed by the East Orange Housing Authority. The City has provided $400K to allow home improvements to deal with code violations and the health and safety concerns.

Outstanding Municipal Partner - Redevelopment,
Gloucester City
Gloucester City is home to over 11,000 residents with a bustling downtown area with offices, retail, and restaurants and boasts great access to the Delaware River. The City is taking a pro-active approach toward neighborhood revitalization to ensure that the city remains a community of choice for their residents. Its leadership embarked on planning initiatives that are updating their master plan and working with the NJAPA on a new neighborhood plan. But at the same time, Gloucester City has prioritized the reclaiming of abandoned properties as well as working on code enforcement in their city. The City is working with their residents to ensure that families have safe and healthy homes, both through the acquisition of vacant homes as well as in taking an active role in soliciting funding applications to ensure that the homes will be rehabbed and sold to qualified local families. Building around a new neighborhood school, this initiative will recapture some long vacant properties and begin the City’s housing and community development initiative.

Outstanding Municipal Partner - Healthy Homes and Communities,
Believe in a Healthy Newark, Healthy Homes Impact Team
Through the support of the City of Newark, the Believe in a Healthy Newark coalition’s Healthy Homes Impact Team seeks to increase the number of “healthy homes” in their community.  These are homes that support the well-being of families and are free of health hazards, specifically asthma triggers and lead. In the short term, their goals include increasing the number of homes and children screened for lead and asthma in the Fairmount and Upper Clinton Hill neighborhoods, and increase the number of families who are educated about these issues and referred to local remediation or abatement services. They also plan to strengthen coordination and communication among relevant stakeholders and service providers. In the longer term, the committee hopes that improving the health profile of homes, in coordination with other strategies to support families economically and socially, will result in improved youth health, reduced student mobility, reduced chronic absenteeism, and better developmental outcomes for children in these neighborhoods.

A recognition of our community development members who are reaching milestone anniversaries between 30 & 50 years.

Princeton Community Housing

Celebrating 50 Years: Founded in 1967

Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc.

Celebrating 50 Years: Founded in 1967

Unified Vailsburg Services Organization

Celebrating 45 Years: Founded in 1972

Better Community Housing of Trenton, Inc.
Celebrating 45 Years: Founded in 1972

La Casa De Don Pedro
Celebrating 45 Years: Founded in 1972

Elizabeth Development Company
Celebrating 40 Years: Founded in 1977

Center for Non-Profits
Celebrating 35 Years: Founded in 1982

Jewish Community Housing Corporation Of Metropolitan New Jersey
Celebrating 35 Years: Founded in 1982

Neighborhood Housing Services of Staten Island
Celebrating 35 Years: Founded in 1982

Habitat for Humanity of Salem County
Celebrating 35 Years: Founded in 1982

Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County and Greater Trenton-Princeton

Celebrating 30 Years: Founded in 1987

New Jersey Future

Celebrating 30 Years: Founded in 1987

New Jersey Community Capital

Celebrating 30 Years: Founded in 1987