NJ Advocates Help Strengthen Our Communities
On Wednesday March 20, 2013, a dozen advocates went to Washington to meet with our elected representatives to secure their Help to Strengthen Our Communities.
The event was organized by the Housing Community Development Network (the Network), Monarch Housing Associates, and CSH and coincided with the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s (NLIHC) annual Lobby Day.
Arnold Cohen, Policy Coordinator for the Network said,
“Once again, New Jersey advocates made today a great lobby day! This year we visited nine of our twelve Congressman!”
He encouraged the participants and the other concerned parties to continue to advocate with New Jersey’s Congressional delegation for Help to Strengthen Our Communities and to plan to join Lobby Day next year.
The group advocated for four key priorities affecting New Jersey:
- The Federal Budget Should Prioritize Maintaining Housing That is Currently Affordable, Creating New Housing Lower Income People Can Afford and Ending Homelessness
- Ensure Funding for the National Housing Trust Fund
- Protect the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program
- Support efforts to Continue the Recovery and Rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy
Click here for more information on these priorities that you can use to follow-up with your legislators.
Click here for a list of New Jersey’s congressional delegation and their housing staffers.
The group met with the following offices:
- Senator Frank Lautenberg;
- Senator Robert Menendez;
- Congressman Rob Andrews;
- Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen;
- Congressman Rush Holt;
- Congressman Leonard Lance;
- Congressman Frank LoBiondo
- Congressman Frank Pallone;
- Congressman Bill Pascrell;
- Congressman Jon Runyan;
- Congressman Albio Sires; and
- Congressman Chris Smith.
In addition, the group met with Governor Chris Christie’s Washington staff and delivered packets of advocacy materials to all Congressional offices that they did not have time to meet with.