In response to the overwhelming need for quality, affordable housing in Monmouth County, the Monmouth Housing Alliance was formed in April, 1991 with a start-up grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The idea sprang from a group of interested colleagues who were struggling to find housing for individuals with disabilities, low-wage workers, single parents and other disenfranchised groups. Founding director Donna Blaze, now CEO, was the agency’s first and only staff until more substantial funding could be secured. Today, the Affordable Housing Alliance employs close to forty professional and staff members augmented by interns, volunteers, and community partners. The Board was established with members whose passion and expertise was in the area of commercial and residential development, finance and management. Nineteen years later the CEO and many of those same founding directors remain with the organization, growing it from the initial $25,000 grant to nearly $3M in operations annually.
The Alliance is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation in the state of New Jersey, and is a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) which incorporates persons with various incomes, renters, and persons of different races and cultures into the evaluation, selection, development, and management of its projects.
The philosophy of the Affordable Housing Alliance is one of simplicity: it develops services, programs and housing based on a shared human need for shelter, food, comfort, and quality of life and treats all seeking assistance with dignity, compassion and respect regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sex, disability or income.
The Alliance goal is to expand affordable housing resources for residents who need it. This task is accomplished through inter-agency cooperation and partnership, and all facets of real estate development, from consultation and acquisition to construction, renovation and management.