This is form our friends at the Housing and Community Development Network.
Dear Network Members & Friends
We learned yesterday that the budget deal agreed to by legislative leaders and Governor Corzine will CUT $10 MILLION from the State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP). The Governor’s Office proposes to make up these funds by raiding $10 MILLION from Balanced Housing. This proposal flies in the face of the Governor’s oft-stated commitment to affordable housing – and his promise to produce 100,000 units by 2016 – and contradicts support for state rental assistance that we have received from scores of legislators.
Taking funds from Balanced Housing reduces resources available to build affordable housing. In order to reach 100,000 units, the state will need to increase housing funding – not steal from Peter to pay Paul. The Governor and the Legislature must hear from affordable housing advocates TODAY that cutting $10 MILLION from SRAP is unacceptable and further, that raiding Balanced Housing to keep the SRAP program at its current funding level is wrong.
They must restore funding to SRAP and keep their hands off Balanced Housing now. The budget has a $600 MILLION surplus – funding for SRAP should come from there, and not from other programs that help low-income people move toward self-sufficiency.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY, as the budget is on a fast-track to be approved (budget hearings are scheduled for Monday, June 18):
1. Review the list of key decision-makers below, and find your representatives. Please reach out to any of these legislators if your organization or you have relationships with them! If your organization does not operate in any of these districts, please call the Governor’s office.
2. Contact them by phone AND FAX with our message (a sample and additional directions are below).
3. Ask your clients, consumers, colleagues and other action networks to do the same.
4. Let Juanita Howard know how many calls and faxes you made (firstname.lastname@example.org)
5. Deliver this message to the Governor and key legislators:
For faxes, please copy and paste the above message into a new document. Make sure to include your name, organizational affiliation and phone number in every communication with your elected officials. THANK YOU FOR TAKING ACTION NOW!
KEY DECISION MAKERS & CONTACT INFO
Governor Jon S. Corzine – 609/292-6000 (phone) Fax (609) 292-3454
Senate President Richard Codey (D-27) P: 973/731-6770 F: 973/731-0647
Speaker of the Assembly Joseph Roberts (D-5) P: 856/742-7600 F: 856/742-1831
Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) P: 609/292-0500 F: 609/633-2179
Assembly Budget Chairman Louis Greenwald (D-6) P: 856/435-1247 F: 856/435-3849
Assembly Budget Committee Vice Chairman William Payne (D- 29) P: 973/621-1400 F: 973/621-2146
Assembly Budget Committee Member, Joseph Cryan (D-20) P: 908/624-0880 F: 908/624-0587
Assembly Budget Committee Member, Gary Schaer (D-36) 973/249-3655 F: 973/249-6281
Assembly Budget Committee Member, John Burzicelli (D-3) P:856/251-9801 F:856/251-9752
Senate Budget Committee Chairman, Bernard Kenny (D-33) P:201/653-1466 F: 201/714-9825
Senate Budget Committee Member Joseph Doria (D-31) P: 201/451-5100 F: 201/436-2413
Senate Budget Committee Member Barbara Buono (D-18) P:732/819-8141 F: 732/819-8204
Senate Budget Committee Member Joseph Vitale(D-19) P: 732/855-7441 F: 732/855-7558
Senate Budget Committee Member Shirley Turner (D-15) P:609/530-3277
Please call the Network office, 609/393-3752, if you need assistance finding additional contact info.