2019 Under One Roof Honorees

Exceptional Community Partner,
NJ Redevelopment Authority and Leslie A. Anderson, President & CEO 
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. The New Jersey Redevelopment Authority (NJRA) is a multi-million dollar independent financing authority created by the state of New Jersey to transform urban communities through direct investment and technical support. NJRA provides the state's urban centers with the prospect to build effective public/private partnerships in order to leverage funds for entrepreneurial growth, job creation, and to enhance community empowerment. Under the leadership of Leslie Anderson, the NJ Redevelopment Authority has provided Network members, partners and allies with invaluable training and other opportunities to strengthen NJ communities. Ms. Anderson served a key role on the advisory committee to craft comprehensive and interdependent policy recommendations which would become the Network's Thriving Cities: A New Urban Agenda report. Her support and expertise helped create a blueprint encouraging equitable investment in urban communities, while avoiding displacement where new investment is bringing change.

Advocacy and Organizing Award
Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation
I Love Greenville Community Partnership (GCP) is a neighborhood association administered by Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation(GSECDC) that is located in the Greenville Neighborhood of Jersey City, New Jersey. GSECDC worked with the association to develop a set of principles for an inclusionary zoning ordinance (IZO). They initiated a petition campaign to support their principles and held a mass community meeting over the summer with state experts to explain IZO and gain support for their plan. Working with community leaders, they are working to ensure that families who have lived in the community for generations can continue to make their home in Greenville.

Advocacy and Organizing Award
Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless
The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless began as an organizing group, serving people in need and addressing the systemic root causes of poverty. Their efforts to address a lack of shelter in Elizabeth has resulted in five sheltering programs in the city. The Elizabeth Coalition has been working with other groups to get local municipalities to provide permanent affordable homes to their constituents, including the City of Elizabeth. They are also in the process of developing a campaign to encourage parents to request lead testing for their children and themselves. Another issue the Coalition is working to resolve is the closing of shelters across the state. They are engaging with state and county officials to address the problem as the number of homeless who need temporary shelter has increased in recent years. 

City of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Healthy Housing Collaborative
New Brunswick Healthy Housing Collaborative has partnered with the City of New Brunswick to improve health outcomes by mitigating housing issues facing residents within the Esperanza and Unity Square neighborhoods -- two neighborhoods with some of the greatest health and social disparities within the city. The Collaborative, composed of New Brunswick Tomorrow, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Saint Peter’s University Hospital, and Middlesex County Health Services, engages residents through workshops, community forums, and home visits (often with participation from city officials) in an effort to promote, sustain, and ensure healthy housing practices in the city. Through this work, they are able to obtain community feedback on housing conditions in New Brunswick as well as connect residents with available resources.

Borough of Highland Park
The Reformed Church of Highland Park Affordable Housing Corporation's Highland Park I project includes two 2-family homes, substantially rehabilitated to achieve an Energy Star Certification. The Borough of Highland Park has supported this and several other projects geared towards people experiencing homelessness, and have made a commitment to continue their support. The tenants chosen to occupy the homes are referred by the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) using coordinated assessment, therefore ensuring families from the local community are chosen. 

Lasting Achievement Honorees
A recognition of our community development members who are reaching milestone anniversaries

Celebrating 25 Years:
Central Jersey Housing Resource Center
Coastal Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity Bergen 
NJ Community Development Corporation

Celebrating 30 Years:
Family Promise of Union County
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield and Middlesex
York Street Project

Celebrating 35 Years:
Heart of Camden
Paterson Habitat for Humanity
Project Freedom, Inc.

Celebrating 40 Years:
Project Live
Triple C Housing

Celebrating 50 Years:
Ironbound Community Corporation
Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development (MEND) Inc.

Celebrating 55 Years:
Paterson Task Force

Celebrating 90 Years:
Regional Plan Association