The July 11th Congressional Reception to end homelessness in NJ is only a week away!

More than eighty (80) people are already committed. there is still time to attend. Click here to confirm that you will attend.

The draft Agenda is  is available for review by clicking here.

The charter bus is more than half full!

The bus holds forty-nine (49) people and is being provided free of charge by the co-sponsors of the reception.

To reserve a space on the bus email Kristin Green or call her at 908-272-5363. Space is limited and on a first come basis. Please identify which location you will be meeting the bus.

Pick-up Locations/Times:

Pick-up 1:  Lincoln School (132 Thomas St., Cranford, NJ 07016) 9:00am

Pick-up 2: United Way of Mercer County (3131 Princeton Pike, Bldg 4, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648) 10 AM

Pick-up 3: CPAC (6981 N. Park Drive East, Pennsauken, NJ  08109) 11 AM This is a new pickup location!

The bus will reach Washington, D.C. at 2:30 PM

The bus will depart Washington, D.C at 6:30 PM, and drop passengers off at each of the three parking sites.

The Reception will be held in the Mansfield Room in the Capitol. The Room is S-207.

The Reception will begin promptly at 3:30 PM and end at 5:30 PM.

This summer Congress is voting on several bills that will increase funding that is crucial to our efforts to end homelessness. Among these are two of major significance: An increase to $1.8 billion FY 2008 appropriation for HUD McKinney-Vento programs: This will be an increase in HUD homeless funding from $1.441 billion in FY 2007 to $1.8 billion in FY 2008. This will help create 15,000 units of new supportive housing while also ensuring reliable renewal funding for all rent/operating subsidies to permanent supportive housing under Shelter + Care and Supportive Housing Program.

Transform Health and Human Services into a full partner in ending chronic homelessness and meeting the services needs of all persons experiencing homelessness. Specifically this would add $80 million to the Administration’s budget for HHS in FY 2008 in SAMHSA’s Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI) program to pay for services in supportive housing.

Without your participation we will not be able to archive these goals. Take the day and join us in DC so that we can achieve these goals and make a real difference in ending homelessness in NJ!

The reception is being sponsored by the Corporation for Supportive Housing, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Trenton, Monarch Housing Associates, and the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness.

For more information click here.