Disabled Individuals, Veterans and the Homeless Deserve Their Own Homes
Monarch Housing Associates’ vision is that every person will have quality, affordable, permanent housing that fosters freedom, independence and community integration and we take the position that providing such housing to all of our neighbors is simply a matter of fairness. And opportunities for everyone to afford a home of their own make stronger communities for all of us.
Many of us were alarmed to see Steven Lonegan’s recent letter to State Senator Raymond Lesniak and all of the members of the legislature. Lonegan, State Director of Americans for Prosperity, writes that people “with mental illness, physical or developmental disabilities, victims of domestic violence, ex-offenders, youth aging out of foster care, disabled and homeless veterans, individuals and households who are homeless, individuals with AIDS/HIV” and the catchall ‘individuals in other emerging special needs groups identified by State agencies’” do not deserve to be his neighbors. Lonegan clearly feels adamantly that people with disabilities, veterans and the homeless should not benefit from Senator Lesniak’s proposed legislation.
But the proposed legislation has the potential to do a great deal of good – it would fund the renovation of abandoned, foreclosed property and turn them into homes for potential neighbors who can not afford to live in many of our communities.
We hope that you will reach out to Governor Christie, Senator Lesniak and his state legislature colleagues and let them know that you think affordable homes for everyone is what is fair for New Jersey.