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.
They support their 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.
The Network believes that community development should engage residents fully in the building and rebuilding of their communities, and that community-based non-profit development corporations are an essential part in that process. 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. Access to safe and decent shelter for low- and moderate-income residents should be a priority for all communities in New Jersey.
The Mission of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey is to enhance the ability of members to create and preserve long-term affordable housing and build strong communities in New Jersey through:
Networking and Support Services - Provide a forum for the exchange of information and mutual support activities, and keep members up-to-date on the latest developments within the state and in the housing and community development field.
Capacity Building and Resource Development - Provide training and technical assistance to build the organizational and production capacity of non-profit housing and community development corporations and work to increase resources for their efforts.
Education and Public Policy Advocacy - Increase public awareness of non-profit housing and community development corporations as important vehicles in meeting the needs of lower-income neighborhoods and residents, and work in coalition with other groups to advocate for more effective public policies and programs to meet those needs.