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March 2019 Community Meeting - Affordable Housing

Please join the BHDC as we host our Quarterly Community meeting. The topic for this meeting will be Affordable Housing. We welcome special guest, Matthew Hersh from the Housing and Community Development of New Jersey, who will speak to residents about what Affordable Housing is, common myths and misconceptions and the role of Affordable Housing in the State of New Jersey.

Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey

Since 1989, the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey has worked to improve the environment for the work of community development corporations (CDCs), and to strengthen their capacity to create housing and revitalize distressed neighborhoods throughout New Jersey.

The Network is a statewide association of over 250 non-profit housing and community development corporations, individuals, professional organizations, and prominent New Jersey corporations that support the creation of housing choices and economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income community residents.

The Network and its members share a commitment to promoting economic justice and the empowerment of low-income individuals and communities, and encouraging wider participation in the framing and implementation of public policies. We support our CDC members by providing targeted technical assistance and educational programs, pursuing additional resources and improved public policies, and conducting research on ways to enhance the impact and effectiveness of the community development sector.

Matthew Hersh, Director of Policy & Advocacy - Responsible for leading the Network’s policy, advocacy and community engagement efforts. A long-time journalist and policy and nonprofit communications professional, Matthew previously served as senior editor at Shelterforce Magazine, a publication of the National Housing Institute, which focuses on federal, state, and local affordable housing policy as well as community development and community organizing. He has worked extensively with several local chapters of Habitat for Humanity, New Jersey Clean Communities, the Newark Trust for Education, New Jersey Audubon, and more. Matthew is a former member of the Highland Park Borough Council where he chaired the Borough's Health and Human Services Committee. He is currently a member of the Highland Park Housing Authority, the Highland Park Affordable Housing Corporation, the Highland Park Human Relations Commission, and the Highland Park Equity Commission. As a member of the Council, he worked with the NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice and the New Jersey ACLU to lead the Borough’s “Inclusive Communities” policies to assure protections for undocumented residents. He is also vice chair of the board of trustees of the Highland Park Educational Foundation, which makes small grants to the Highland Park Public Schools.

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