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    PRESENTER: JANEL  WINTER

    DIRECTOR  OF  HOUSING NJ  DEPARTMENT  OF  HUMAN  SERVICES  OFFICE  OF  

    HOUSING

    Housing in NJ:  Information and Access to Services

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    Presentation Agenda

     Separation of Housing & Services  Supportive Housing Connection  Principles of Supportive Housing

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    Separation of  Housing & Services

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    Separation of Housing & Services

     Person’s housing situation should not be contingent on  acceptance of services

     Ability to change some aspects of life without changing all  aspects

     Aligned with national best practices  Supports transition to FFS – supports funded through  Medicaid; housing is not a Medicaid‐eligible service

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    Separation of Housing & Services 5

    Supports Housing Other Personal Costs (food, clothing, etc.)

    Current System

    Bundled into contract w/housing & other costs

    Bundled into contract w/services & other costs

    Bundled into contract w/housing & services

    New System

    FFS payment billed to Medicaid

    Housing subsidy – through DHS, SRAP, Section 8, etc.; employment & benefit income; living in affordable unit; sharing w/friends, etc.

    Generic resources; employment & benefit income

    Establishing a Two‐Waiver System 6

    Community Care Waiver (CCW)

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    Community Care Waiver

     Licensed Housing  Group homes, supervised apartment programs

     Individuals who meet level of care/high acuity of need

     Moving toward supportive housing philosophy  Lease‐based housing  Choice & control  CMS HCBS settings Final Rule

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    Supports Program 8

     Respite  Assistive Technology  Vehicle Modifications  Environmental Modifications  Personal Emergency Response 

    System  Natural Supports Training  Behavioral Management  Occupational Therapy  Physical Therapy  Speech Therapy  Interpreter Services

     Cognitive Rehab (CRT)  Supported Employment –

    Individual   Supported Employment – Small 

    Group   Prevocational Services  Career Planning  Community Based Supports  Community Inclusion Services  Transportation  Goods & Services  Day Habilitation  Supports Brokerage  Support Coordination  Financial Management Services 

    (FI)

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    Supportive Housing Connection

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    Supportive Housing Connection

    Partnership between DHS & NJHMFA to administer DHS  housing subsidies

    Launched January 2015 Currently administering ~1,500 housing subsidies

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    Supportive Housing Connection

    Partnership between DHS & NJHMFA to administer DHS  housing subsidies

    Launched January 2015 Currently administering ~1,500 housing subsidies

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    Supportive Housing Connection

    Housing Search Assistance Landlord Recruitment Housing Inspections Subsidy Processing Rental Subsidy Administration Tenant/Landlord Inquiry Resolutions

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    Supportive Housing Connection

    NJ Housing Resource Center (HRC)  www.nj.gov/njhrc  Searchable, interactive online database of affordable & accessible  housing units

     Available to public

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    Supportive Housing Connection

    Landlord Recruitment  Working with Socialserve.com to educate landlords about DHS  subsidy program, housing needs, and to recruit new landlords  with units at or below FMR to list units on HRC

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    Supportive Housing Connection

    Landlord Agreement  Similar to Section 8 HAP contract  Agreement between SHC and the landlord regarding the DHS subsidy & the SHC’s 

    policies and procedures  Must be signed before tenant leases a unit

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    Supportive Housing Connection

    Housing Inspections  Based on HUD Housing Quality Standards (HQS)  Ensure tenants live in safe, decent and affordable housing  Conducted

     Prior to move‐in  Annually  As needed

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    Supportive Housing Connection

    Subsidy Processing  Referral generated by DHS  Subsidy package:

     Welcome letter to potential tenant  Most current income documents  Signed lease (after approval by SHC)  Rental Subsidy calculation worksheet  Rental Subsidy Agreement

     Landlord  Signed landlord agreement  Direct deposit information  W9

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    Supportive Housing Connection

    Subsidy Payments  SHC will make subsidy payments on behalf of DHS each month  Once fully launched, SHC will make payments in the future for other 

    housing costs

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    Supportive Housing Connection

    Tenant/Landlord Resolution  Centralized location to receive inquiries from tenants and landlords  Tenants (and their advocates) and landlords attempt to resolve housing‐

    related issues first  When assistance is needed, contact SHC

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    Supportive Housing Connection

    SHC@njhmfa.state.nj.us 1‐800‐NJHOUSE www.NJHOUSING.gov

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    Supportive Housing

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    Supportive Housing

     What is supportive housing?

     Affordable housing  Individualized housing  Community integrated  Individual choice and control – lease‐based housing

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    Supportive Housing 23

     “Bundled” model – housing and supports tied together

     To live in a certain setting, one must accept: What services are offered Who offers them

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     Supportive housing = housing and supports both  necessary, but not tied together  Choose housing setting  Choose supports needed to live independently  Choose who provides supports

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    Supportive Housing 25

     Affordable = Housing accessible to people at their income  level  Subsidized with a voucher  Affordable housing project  Shared with roommates/friends to defray costs

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     Individualized supports  Assistance with daily living  Employment  All supports that help someone live independently in the  community

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    Supportive Housing 27

     Community Integration  Access to employment opportunities, social opportunities,  amenities and transportation

     Opportunity for people with and without disabilities to live together  in the community 

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     Individual Choice and Control  Ability to choose where/how someone wants to live  Ability to choose what services someone wants and how they will be  provided

     Control over housing setting through lease, ownership, etc.

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    Three Types of Resources 29

     Capital  “Bricks & sticks”  Acquiring/renovating/building a property

     Operating  Cost of sustaining the physical setting over the long term  Rental payment, mortgage, home maintenance, utilities, etc.

     Supports  Supports needed to help someone live successfully in his/her  home

    Three Types of Resources 30

     Capital  Public financing

     Often tied to specific initiatives, eligibility requirements  NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency, HUD, municipalities

     Private financing  Bank mortgage  Need to be sure operating resources can support cost of mortgage over  long term

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    Three Types of Resources 31

     Capital  Benefits

     Ownership = longer‐term control  Challenges

     Requires up‐front investment  Ongoing cost of operations/home ownership – maintenance, etc.

     If rental, no need for capital investment

    Three Types of Resources 32

     Operating  How will rent/mortgage be paid

     Other costs of housing – utilities, ongoing maintenance if housing is  owned

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    Three Types of Resources 33

     Operating  Housing subsidy

     Tenant‐based rental assistance  Housing Choice/Section 8 voucher

    • Federal resource administered through local public housing authority  (PHA)

     SRAP, DHS subsidy, other subsidies  Individual pays a percentage of income, voucher pays remainder of  rent up to Fair Market Rent (FMR)

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     Operating  Rental in affordable housing development

     Apartments with rents set to be affordable to people at lower income  levels

     Development with project‐based rental assistance