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Public Policy

Finding an appropriate community residential placement can be a long and difficult process.  Autism New Jersey recognizes this and has made housing one of its primary Public Policy objectives. 

Our public policy goals are as follows:

  • Encourage innovative housing legislation
  • Reduce waiting list for Community Care Waiver
  • Establish plans and schedules to close five developmental centers in ten years in order to free up resources for community placements and fulfill Olmstead legal requirements
  • Consult with developers, service providers, Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and Department of Human Services (DHS) on autism-friendly residential community placements

Visit our Public Policy section for updates and to stay informed about housing issues. 

Click here for an Op-Ed from Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez regarding the Community Living policies.


NJ Housing Resource Center

The NJ Housing Resource Center was developed as a one-stop internet tool to help families review residential options. This is a collaborative project between the NJ Division of Disability Services, Department of Community Affairs and the NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. As the waiting list for residential services through DDD is lengthy, families may want to explore all other housing options that exist in New Jersey. For more information on residential funding options, please visit the NJ Housing Resource Center website.

Referral Lists

Visit our Resources section for information regarding residential service providers. 


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Call 800.4.AUTISM or email

Housing Publications

The following resource guide is available for download in our Publications section:

NJ Housing Resource Guide
New Jersey Housing Resource Guide
Individuals with an ASD have particular needs and preferences of where and with whom they want to live. This guide is designed to help you learn about the traditional and non-traditional residential options.