Leaders and Advocates Call for Increased Investment in Affordable Housing
On November 28, 2012, a multi-faith event in Trenton highlighted the crisis of housing instability and homelessness in New Jersey and advocated for solutions. The event was part of a national effort in “fighting poverty with faith” – a call to end poverty in half by 2020.
Leaders of New Jersey’s Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu faith gathered along with more than two hundred participants at the State House in Trenton. And U.S. Senators Lautenberg and Menendez sent senior staff members to the event and lent their support for affordable housing. Religious leaders and also individuals experiencing housing needs spoke to make the case for affordable housing.
“We know for a fact that people cannot address their basic needs without stable housing,” said the Rev. Deacon Christine McCloud, of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. “At the end of the day, we are all responsible for helping our neighbor.”
They called upon Governor Christie, the State Legislature and Financial Committee to:
support efforts to address foreclosure
a timely use of federal funds and
increase the supply of affordable housing to low and moderate income families.
The Bergen Record reported on the event in a November 28, 2012 article writing that advocates argued that the “state has a moral obligation to ensure its citizens can find affordable places to live.” This need for affordable housing was highlighted and exasperated by Sandy’s effect – 30,000 homes and businesses in the state were destroyed or damaged.
“’The affordable housing crisis is really a crisis of the market,’ Arnold Cohen, of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, said at the rally. “Demand for housing is high and the supply is limited, which pushes the price beyond what many people can afford, he said.”
More than 65 petitions to the Governor and Legislature were signed during the program. You can still sign the petition and urge others to do the same by visiting by clicking here.
To sign the Fighting Poverty with Faith Federal Action online letter to members of Congress click here.
Click here for the Record’s coverage of the event.
Click here for a press release from the NJ State Association of Jewish Federations.