Staff from the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) will share the findings from its recent report on increasing the supply and quality of supportive housing to meet the need of older adults across New Jersey. Earlier this year, CSH conducted data analysis finding NJ needs more than 17,000 additional supportive housing homes for older adults. The speakers will discuss this data analysis as well as the recommendations a diverse stakeholder group put together on how to meet this need. Focusing on six key topics, including COVID-19, Service Funding, Capital Financing, Eligibility Criteria, Workforce Development, and NIMBY-ism, these recommendations will serve as a foundation for additional stakeholders and advocacy groups across the state to work toward meeting the housing and service needs of vulnerable older adults.
Courtney Christenson (MA, NYU GSAS) is a dedicated systems change advocate in the supportive housing and homeless sectors. As a Program Manager for the CSH Metro Team, Courtney manages project design and implementation throughout NY, NJ, and PA providing regional planning and strategy around homelessness, as well as technical assistance to enhance care for the aging and medically complex populations in supportive housing. Courtney serves as a priority-sector lead on Healthy Aging developing CSH’s strategy and training on healthy aging in supportive housing across the United States.
Cassondra Warney is a Senior Program Manager on CSH’s Metro Team (NJ, NY & PA), where she serves as a lead in CSH’s work in New Jersey. She has over six years in project management of justice reform efforts that span multiple disciplines (justice, housing, and behavioral health systems). She has experience engaging all three branches of government and other key stakeholders on statewide initiatives that have resulted in the passage of significant criminal justice legislation across the United States, most recently in Vermont and Oregon where legislation prioritized.