New Jersey’s Healthy Aging in Supportive Housing

June 2, 2022 | 11:15 am – 12:30 pm Concurrent Block F

F-1   New Jersey’s Healthy Aging in Supportive Housing

CE Credit: HUD Certificate, Service Coordinators Certificate

Long a successful model that promotes independence and creates safe and affordable homes for people with a variety of special needs, “supportive housing” is a model that has also been applied to craft options for the growing number of people who want to live in communities as they age. This session will briefly examine the components of supportive housing and the elements and supportive solutions that have been assembled to create successful models in NJ highlighting a number of award-winning projects and their funding. The presenters will also introduce the work of the Healthy Aging in Supportive Housing initiative.  The initiative began with an assessment of how many supportive housing apartments are needed to meet the growing aging population.  Through the work of a multiple partner stakeholder collaborative the initiative process has identified limitations, resources and opportunities from other states and communities to take into consideration in creating a truly age friendly state.  Finally, a new advocacy agenda will be shared to help community’s better leverage the historic amount of federal and state resources available for supportive housing development.


Diane Riley

Bio:  Diane joined SHA as Executive Director in 2017 bringing her many years of experience as a leading voice for the economically disadvantaged in New Jersey. Joining the Community Food Bank in 2011, Diane led a coalition of stakeholders to raise awareness about hunger, engage in public dialogue, and influence policies that address underlying causes such as housing. In March 2016, Diane was recognized by the NJ General Assembly for her service leadership and commitment to improve the quality of life for citizens throughout the state of New Jersey. Prior to the joining the food bank, Diane worked at The Apostles House, a non-profit agency providing emergency shelter, transitional housing and other services to homeless and at-risk families in the Newark area. Diane is currently a member of the board of trustees of the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ (APN). As an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, the Rev. Diane Riley serves as Archdeacon for Mission and Service a resource to congregations and other faith communities.

Cassondra Warney

Cassondra is a Senior Program Manager at CSH’s Metro Team (NJ, NY PA), where her portfolio includes New Jersey, which includes a focus on Healthy Aging in Supportive Housing as well as helping the state develop a Housing First approach. She also co-leads the justice portfolio in NYC, where the Metro Team recently released a report that lays out how supportive housing can be expanded for those that need it and are incarcerated in Rikers Island jail. Before joining CSH, she worked at the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the Vera Institute for Justice and the Pima County Juvenile Court (Tucson, Arizona). Her background is in leading statewide initiatives that successfully pass bipartisan criminal legal legislation; her last initiatives at the Justice Center focused on increasing supportive housing for people leaving jail and prison.