2018 Under One Roof Honorees

Assemblyman Jerry Green Legacy Award,
Rev. Bruce Davidson
Assemblyman Jerry Green served as the longtime Chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee until his passing earlier this year. To commemorate the work of longtime Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee Chair Jerry Green who passed away earlier this year, 
we are launching the Asm. Jerry Green Legacy Award at this year's Under One Roof Conference on Oct. 12. We are pleased to honor Rev. Bruce Davidson with this inaugural award. A retired pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Rev. Bruce Davidson has been a leader, supporter, and mentor for several New Jersey advocacy and social service organizations. He is an emeritus member of the Network Board of Directors, a founding member of the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey, a former Director of the Lutheran Office of Governmental Ministry in New Jersey, and has served as Pastor of three New Jersey congregations. He is a person of integrity, good will, and a great sense of humor, working hard to do what is right. For his tireless commitment to securing social and economic justice, fighting for human rights, and ending poverty and hunger, we present this award to Rev. Davidson.

Community Development Champion,
The Honorable Troy Singleton, NJ Senator, Legislative District 7
This award is presented to a public official who has provided exceptional support and leadership for community development in New Jersey. Senator Troy Singleton has been a champion for affordable homes in New Jersey since he joined the General Assembly in 2011. He was an early endorser of the Network’s Build a Thriving New Jersey campaign and has been a strong supporter of policies to expand housing opportunities for all residents of the state. He has held three “Serve with Singleton” events, in which he organizes community volunteers to help in the area. He has served on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Burlington County. Since becoming State Senator in January, Sen. Singleton has already introduced legislation in the upper chamber to reduce the impact of foreclosures, provide tenants with the right to a safe and decent home, and create more affordable homes for New Jerseyans. 

Hall of Heroes Inductee,
The Honorable Britnee N. Timberlake, NJ Assemblywoman, Legislative District 34
We thrilled to announce that Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake will be the first-ever inductee into our "Hall of Heroes." Back in 2015, we honored Britnee Timberlake as President of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, for her community development advocacy, tenacity as a practitioner, and leadership as an elected official. Now, we honor Assemblywoman Timberlake for her accomplishments less than a year into her first term in the NJ General Assembly. She has courageously fought for affordable homes in her very first state budget. Under her leadership, an amendment was included in the budget preserve $15 million of the State’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund for housing production. Asw. Timberlake is not only a friend of the Network but she is a true hero to our sector.

Exceptional Community Partner,
New Jersey Citizen Action
New Jersey Citizen Action, the statewide grassroots organization that fights for social, racial and economic justice, has been an invaluable Network. We have shared policy and advocacy efforts, protecting children from lead poisoning, expanding homeownership and housing opportunities and securing access to health care. Together, we have jointly negotiated Community Reinvestment Act agreements with dozen of financial institutions, ensuring that banks invest in the communities where they do business, and with the people who live there. From knocking on thousands of doors to inform Superstorm Sandy survivors about available resources to being a member of our funded HUD-certified Housing Counseling intermediary, NJCA has been an exceptional partner and we are proud to honor their work to empower countless NJ residents to take control of their future.

Advocacy and Organizing Award,
Morris Habitat for Humanity
Morris Habitat is the leading builder and advocate for safe, decent, affordable homes in Morris County and the surrounding region. They challenge governments, faith communities, corporation and volunteers to raise their voices and their hammers in support of increased access to decent, affordable homes in their community and around the globe. Their organizing for a project in Dover, NJ resulted in over 35,588 volunteer hours, hundreds of individuals donating construction materials via online campaigns, and $150,000 raised by the ReStore through sales proceeds and shoppers’ donations. Another impressive accomplishment was Morris Habitat’s efforts to build three homes in ten days by mobilizing approximately 1,500 volunteers in Mine Hill, NJ.

Media Award,
Shelterforce Magazine is a growing venue for the discussion of equity and social justice issues including housing, economic development, health, education, safety and other issues that affect low-income communities in America. The Winter 2017-2018 edition of the magazine put a spotlight on healthy homes and communities and partnerships between the health and community development sectors. Shelterforce’s coverage shows us what is possible in our own communities and inspires us to create new opportunities for partnerships and collaborations.

Outstanding Municipal Partners - New Development,
Montclair Township
Talbot Village is home to six low and moderate income homeowners in newly constructed townhomes in the community of Montclair. The project consists of four two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom units on land leased by the Essex Community Land Trust. Each homebuyer went through HOMECorp's first-time homebuyer training and the Montclair Township is facilitating a continuation of this training to ensure each owner has the necessary support to succeed as homeowners. Talbot Village is the latest example of Montclair Township’s efforts to be proactive in maintaining and expanding affordable home opportunities for its residents.

Outstanding Municipal Partners - New Development
Woodbridge Township
Dalina Manor is the latest in a string of affordable home projects supported by Woodbridge Township. In the early stages of the project development, the township facilitated informational meetings for members of the community. The municipality then donated the property for $1.00 and was instrumental in helping the developer obtain $200,000 of HOME funds from Middlesex County. They bring design professionals to meetings at which all of the project’s design and engineering features are thoroughly hashed out prior to going to the planning board. Woodbridge Township also regularly contributes funds from their housing trust fund, making projects feasible.

Outstanding Municipal Partners – Revitalization
City of Union City
1518 Palisade Avenue involves the adaptive re-use of the St. John’s Episcopal Church in the City of Union City. Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation is converting the property into 13 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless adults with special needs. The development plan works within the structure as to not disturb neighborhood character and preserve the architectural history of the buildings. The unit mix is five one-bedrooms and eight studios. The development plan also includes two offices spaces and one community room and involves the development of the church basement and adjoining School/Gym, excluding the sanctuary, which will be subdivided out and developed later into a non-residential use. The project addresses the lack permanent affordable supportive housing options for the homeless and disabled in Hudson County.

Outstanding Municipal Partners – Revitalization
Egg Harbor Township
Egg Harbor Township has been a partner to Homes for All by facilitating an expedient process for returning a foreclosed property into a viable home for the community. They have been proactive with developing and rehabilitating foreclosures to create affordable homes. Projects like the rehabilitation of 247 Leap Street are a successful example of turning foreclosed properties into productive use that benefits the entire community.

Healthy Homes and Communities
Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity
Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity (NOHFH) is part of a national movement to enable seniors to age with dignity in a safe and healthy home. As part of this holistic approach, NOHFH brings the spirit of volunteerism into the seniors’ homes which ultimately lessens "senior isolation;" an epidemic as Americans live longer with a goal of staying in their own homes longer. NOHFH is part of a coalition of organizations working to build a healthier Toms River which includes the elimination of senior isolation. They have found that seniors in need of housing repairs and living on fixed incomes also need other resources such as food assistance, emotional, mental or spiritual support, clothing etc. To better serve these individuals, NOHFH has become the community connector and acts as a liaison to other social service agencies.

A recognition of our community development members who are reaching milestone anniversaries over 30 years.

Catholic Charities, Diocese Of Trenton
Celebrating 105 Years: Founded in 1913

Urban League of Essex County
Celebrating 100 Years: Founded in 1917

Jersey City Housing Authority
Celebrating 80 Years: Founded in 1938

Manufactured Homeowners Association
Celebrating 60 Years: Founded in 1958

         NewBridge Services, Inc.
         Celebrating 55 Years: Founded in 1963

         New Community Corporation
         Celebrating 50 Years: Founded in 1968

         East Brunswick Community Housing Corporation
         Celebrating 40 Years: Founded in 1978

Homeless Solutions
Celebrating 35 Years: Founded in 1983

Leviticus Fund
Celebrating 35 Years: Founded in 1983

Cooper's Ferry Partnership
Celebrating 35 Years: Founded in 1983

Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministry of NJ
Celebrating 35 Years: Founded in 1983

Mission First Housing Group
Celebrating 30 Years: Founded in 1988

Interfaith Neighbors
Celebrating 30 Years: Founded in 1988

        Bridges Outreach, Inc.
        Celebrating 30 Years: Founded in 1988

Celebrating 30 Years: Founded in 1988

     Homes of Montclair Ecumenical Corporation (HOMECORP)
     Celebrating 30 Years: Founded in 1988