The article succinctly sums up the issue by stating the obvious. “The list surpassed even the early dire predictions in part because no money was spent on housing for disabled people for five of the past 10 years.” We cannot solve a problem by ignoring it. The situation could be even more bleak this year.
The Arc of New Jersey, a family advocacy group, is trying to attract political and financial support to reduce the waiting list but has been unable to gain any traction as most state lawmakers are focused on a looming budget deficit and Gov. Jon Corzine’s plan to pay down the state’s debt by raising highway tolls.
“We know the score. New Jersey is going through tough times,” said Tom Baffuto, The Arc’s executive director. “We are in a year where we’ll be facing draconian budget cuts. But this is the number one priority with our families. We think this is a crisis situation that is only going to get worse.”