Supportive Housing Funds at Risk

NJ Needs Investment in Affordable Housing

Supportive Housing Funds at RiskOn June 18, 2014, the Courier-Post featured a commentary piece, “Supportive housing funds at risk” by Monarch Housing Associate’s Richard W. Brown and Kate Kelly.

Monarch Housing, in the article, called on Congress to increase federal funding for the Housing Choice Voucher program,

“Our state needs new investments in affordable housing for the continued recovery and growth in our state. We are asking the state’s congressional delegation to lead the effort for increased funding for these critical housing programs, ensuring that supportive housing in the state and across the country can continue to be a cost-effective solution to house our most vulnerable neighbors.”

The recently released NJ Counts 2014 report found 87 chronically homeless individuals in Camden Count. With supportive housing that uses federal vouchers, these individuals could be stably housed and rebuild their lives just like John, a formerly homeless individual whose success story is featured in the piece.

“Upon moving into his new apartment, John used his new kitchen to bake a cake and hosted a housewarming party inviting staff from Cathedral Kitchen, CPAC and his property manager to his new home. While many of us take for granted the ability to do things as simple as baking a cake and hosting a party, John was unable to do these things while homeless.

Having a permanent and affordable home gives John the stability in his life allowing him to reconnect with his local community.”

Click here for the full Op-Ed.