NJ Advocates Bring Housing Policy Priorities to DC
On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, thirteen advocates traveled to Washington to meet with our elected representatives to secure funding for Housing Policy Priorities for New Jersey.
The event was organized by the Housing and Community Development Network (the Network) and Monarch Housing Associates 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 both Senators and ten of our eleven Congressmen!”
Mr. Cohen encouraged the participants and the other concerned parties to continue to advocate with New Jersey’s Congressional delegation for Housing Policy Priorities for New Jersey and to plan to join Lobby Day next year.
The group advocated for five key priorities affecting housing in New Jersey:
- Make Affordable Housing and Ending Homelessness a Priority in the Federal Budget,
- Restore Housing Choice (Formerly Section 8) Vouchers,
- Ensure Funding for the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF),
- Advocate for Restoration of HOME and CCBG Funding to FY 2014 Levels, and
- Fund Disaster Housing
The group met with the following offices:
- Senator Cory Booker,
- Senator Robert Menendez,
- Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen,
- Congressman Rush Holt,
- Congressman Leonard Lance,
- Congressman Frank LoBiondo,
- Congressman Frank Pallone,
- Congressman Donald Payne, Jr.,
- 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.