Developing Sustainable Solutions for
Affordable Housing Programs in Your Community

National Webinar

How do we address affordable housing in our communities with sustainable programs? 


Watch our national webinar about the affordable housing issues facing our communities and how to build sustainable, mission-aligned housing and programs that help older adults and adults with disabilities lead independent and fulfilled lives.


This is a unique opportunity to house older adults and neurodiverse adults in the same community, where they can learn from each other and help each other, as well as build a strong sense of community.  


Learn how your community can provide mission-aligned subsidized housing services like the Weinberg Commons – an award-winning, intergenerational, affordable housing community built in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Webinar Panelists

Earl Millett
Program Director, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

Lisa Budlow
CEO, Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.

Jennifer Dubrow Weiss
CEO, Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey

Marla Meyers
Executive Director, Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service

Victor Salerno
Chief Executive Officer & Partner, Adirondack Community Development

Pam Kurtzman
Senior Director, JFed Financing Solutions (fka National Jewish Federation Bond Program)

Reuben Rotman
President & CEO, Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies

Don Shulman
President & CEO, Association of Jewish Aging Services

  • Virtual Tour

    Take a peek inside Weinberg Commons with a guided, virtual tour of our affordable housing facility.

The Issues:

  • Affordable, quality housing for low- to moderate-income populations 

  • Aging populations who are on a long waitlist for affordable housing 

  • Neurodiverse populations (adults with disabilities) in need of affordable housing options 

  • Developing sustainable mission-aligned and revenue-generating programs for Jewish Federations and their local agencies 

The Opportunity: 

  • Leveraging state tax credit programs to build affordable housing for older adults (55+) and neurodiverse adults 

  • Providing housing, care, and programs for individuals in need of affordable housing 

  • Generating revenue opportunities as the care and service provider

  • Creating capital fundraising opportunities and sustainable endowment income 

  • Enhancing partnerships between your local Jewish Federation and agencies 

This is a unique opportunity to house older adults and neurodiverse adults in the same community, where they can learn from each other and help each other, as well as build a strong sense of community.

Webinar Q&A

Who is eligible for CHAI (Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.) housing? Jewish and non-Jewish? Eligibility for our housing is based on age and income/assets. We rent without regard to race or religion, pursuant to the Fair Housing Act.

Since people with disabilities and seniors have a lot of the same needs when it comes to housing, has anyone included or thought about including the disability community in any of these housing/community development plans? Yes, and we also see combining with foster youth or intergenerational projects.


Do you take Medicaid Waivers to help pay for the housing? Or is it all private pay? Private pay how much? It’s private pay based on income with low-to-moderate-income requirements.


Since eligibility cannot be based on religion, do you know what percent of residents are Jewish? While you can not be based on religion or other factors like the LGBT-friendly housing mentioned earlier, there are steps you can legally take which vary from city to city, such as locating the building in an area that already has a lot of residents you wish to serve and publicizing the signup window (that the developer can dictate) in that specific community. In doing this, we have seen have the majority of residents do end up identifying as the population that was the focus of outreach.


You mention tax credits for payment. What does that mean in New Jersey? Can anyone live there private pay? If yes, how much per month? Can Medicare offset costs for seniors? Can respite/habilitation hours from the state offset residential costs to individuals with disabilities? Everyone has to meet low-to-moderate-income requirements to live at Weinberg Commons, and there are multiple income brackets. Individuals with disabilities may have dollars to put towards their rentals and services from the State of New Jersey.


Can you explain what you mean when you say that the tax credits have allowed you to hire a case manager? Included in the application for the LIHTC was the case management position (the application requires you to hire a full-time person) and the credits can be used towards that salary.
Are the senior residents people who had been homeless? Are they indigent? They are all low-to-moderate-income eligible.


What fee does Adirondack take? Adirondack, as developer, will typically earn an industry standard developer fee of approximately 15% of the ‘allowable tax basis’ used to calculate the amount of the tax credits (generally ranging between 10%-20% based on deal size). The developer fee is charged to the overall deal budget and is generally funded out of the tax credit equity contributed by the Tax Credit Investor/Syndicator, so this would not be an expense that would be paid by a Federation partnering with a developer. A portion of the developer fee may be deferred and paid out of operating cash-flow post construction. Additionally, the developer will also customarily receive all or a majority portion of the operating cash-flow from the property. The amount of the developer fee permitted is determined by the applicable state Qualified Allocation Plan or QAP.


Does Adirondak work in Texas? Yes, we have a significant presence in Texas. Both Adirondack, and our affiliated property management company, Mayfair Management Group, are based out of Dallas, Texas.


What are the current low-to-moderate-income requirements for the LIHTC? The primary threshold levels are 30% and 60% of area mean income (AMI). Because AMIs vary from area-to-area, the specific maximum rent levels will vary based on the applicable AMI. Rent levels will also very based on the size of a family living in an apartment unit (e.g. a 4-person family would have a higher maximum AMI level than a 2-person family living in the same apartment).


Do all states offer the necessary tax credits? (FL does not have a state tax.) Yes. The LIHTC program is a federal tax credit that applies to federal taxes and is available in all U.S. States and Territories, and not affected by state tax rates. A handful of states separately offer a state-level tax credit mirrored off of the federal tax credit.

Questions? Contact Karen Bray-Pollak, Chief People & Technology Officer, Jewish Federation of SNJ, at