CGP&H stands for Community, Grants, Planning and Housing. We specialize in all aspects of affordable housing, planning, COAH compliance, and the procurement of grants and loans for our clients.
Founded in 1993, CGP&H has grown to be the only full service affordable housing implementation company in New Jersey. Seasoned in all facets of community development, CGP&H boasts a team of 19 that includes professional planners, expert grant-writers, COAH certified housing specialists, licensed building inspectors, lead testers, and knowledgeable support staff. Client needs are promptly met with continuity, efficiency and individual attention to detail.
CGP&H serves as the Administrative Agent for more than 2,000 affordable homes and has also supervised the rehabilitation of more than 2,500 homes. CGP&H’s grant writing team secures more than $15 million each year for our clients. More than $250 million has been realized to date for CGP&H clients.
CGP&H has a broad and diverse client list. We work for municipalities and counties throughout southern, central and northern New Jersey. In addition, we work directly for many private developers and non-profits. Click below to see a complete listing of our New Jersey clients.
CGP&H also works in various locations in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.
Our Contact Information
Phone: 609-664-2769 Fax: 609 664 2786
Our Leadership Team
Randall Gottesman, PP
Throughout his 33-year career, Randy has been involved in the development of an award-winning housing project, the securing of more than $250 million in funding for community development projects, and the writing and implementation of hundreds of professional planning documents and grant applications. Randy earned his Master’s Degree from Rutgers University in City and Regional Planning in 1981. As a licensed professional planner, he has also provided expert testimony on planning and zoning cases throughout the state. Randy was a founding member and President of Affordable Housing Professionals of New Jersey, a non-profit organization that supports affordable housing through dialogue, ethics, professional development and advocacy, and currently serves on the AHPNJ Board of Directors. Randy also spent seven years a local school board member, including two terms as its President, and has also served on the Washington State Bank Community Reinvestment Advisory Board and is a member of the American Planning Association, its New Jersey Chapter, the National Low Income Housing Coalition, New Jersey Planning Officials, and the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey.
David Gerkens, AICP, PP
Dave brings more than 25 years experience in land use planning activities for the states of New Jersey and Maine. As one of the pre-eminent grantwriters in the state, Dave secures funds for almost every type of municipal project imaginable. He is also highly experienced in the areas of site plan review, preparing Master Plan reexaminations and updates, Fair Share Plans, Open Space and Recreation Plans, ordinance revisions, and TDR planning. Dave earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Richard B. Stockton College of New Jersey in Environmental Science. He has also completed graduate work at the University of Southern Maine.
Megan York, AICP, PP
Megan joined CGP&H in 2006 and is experienced in planning, affordable housing, grant writing, and CDBG management. She manages CGP&H’s affordable housing planning and Administrative Agent services which includes a portfolio of over 2,000 affordable housing owner occupied and rental units throughout New Jersey. She prepares housing elements and fair share plans for client municipalities and has extensive experience navigating rules and regulations relating to state affordable housing compliance procedures. Megan received her Masters Degree in Urban Geography from the University of Tennessee and her Bachelors Degree in Geography and History from Macalester College.
Corinne manages CGPH’s Home Improvement Programs throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She has over 28 years of administrative and management experience and has been part of the CGP&H team since 1997, dedicating the last 17 years specifically to affordable housing, providing supervision, technical assistance and hands on administrative services for over 40 housing programs. Corinne’s attention to detail, commitment to housing regulatory compliance, and professional experience has led her to become an expert at program management including start-up, manual creation, marketing, and successful mandatory audits. She has completed training in a variety of COAH, HUD and lead compliance workshops. This includes COAH Affordable Housing certifications, and certification as both an EPA Lead Renovator and Dust Wipe Lead Sampling Technician.
Richard J. Panizzi, Jr.
CHIEF INSPECTOR/ COST ESTIMATOR
Rick provides comprehensive site inspections, construction scope of work and cost estimating, construction progress inspections and lead inspection services for the many home improvement programs administered by CGP&H. He is a New Jersey Licensed Building Inspector (ICS) as well as a Pennsylvania Certified Residential Building Inspector and a certified Lead Inspector/Risk Assessor in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He is a member of the International Code Council and an ICC Certified Residential Building Inspector. Rick brings more than thirty years of experience in the construction, renovation and inspection industries.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
John is responsible for ongoing business operations at CGP&H and for leading the administrative support team providing logistical support for all departments at CGP&H. In addition, he provides Salesforce system administration and database management. He has many years of experience working mainly in the non-profit sector. John holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree through Penn State’s World Campus where he has already earned a Graduate Certificate in Public Budgeting and Financial Management.
Michelle Lamar, Esq., PP
CORPORATE COUNSEL, SENIOR PLANNER
Michelle has more than 39 years’ experience in grant-writing, planning and law with expertise in municipal land use law, housing, and community development planning. At CGP&H, she specializes in assisting our municipal and county clients with preparing grants applications encompassing a wide range of federal and state grant funding programs. Ms. Lamar received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in Environmental Studies from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, and her Masters in City and Regional Planning, Masters of Arts in Political Science and Juris Doctorate at Rutgers University, where she was an Eagleton Fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Ms. Lamar is a New Jersey-licensed Professional Planner and licensed as an attorney in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Land Use Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Courts.
SENIOR CASE MANAGER
Ximena provides Administrative Agent services for affordable rental and ownership units throughout New Jersey. She works with applicants, landlords, and owners to ensure a smooth and fair income certification process. Ximena is an expert in her field, with over ten years of case management experience at CGP&H. Ximena is bilingual and available to assist Spanish-speaking applicants as needed.