Congress Must Fund Housing Vouchers

Everyone in NJ Should Have a
Home They Can Afford

Taiisa KellyOn August 5, 2014, the Asbury Park Press featured an op-ed by Monarch Housing’s Taiisa Kelly, “Congress Must Fund Housing Vouchers.”

In her piece, Kelly makes the case that:

“New Jersey’s congressional delegation should lead the effort for increased voucher funding so that everyone in New Jersey has a home that they can afford.”

In the op-ed, Margaret serves as just one example of the many individuals and families living in New Jersey who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Formerly homeless,

“Margaret now receives Social Security disability and is self-sufficient, living in her own apartment, but she struggles to buy food and to pay her rent and utilities. She works part time as a peer counselor at MHA (Mental Health Association), where she has volunteered since 2011 and has been employed since January 2014. Her name is on several affordable-housing waiting lists on towns in Ocean County.”

“As communities across the state struggle to address homelessness, rental vouchers play a critical role in making housing affordable.

NJ Counts 2014, the most recent count of the homeless, found 1,259 homeless people in Monmouth and Ocean counties. In those counties, the wage needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment at the fair market rent of $1,345 a month is $25.87 an hour.”

Writes Kelly.

Click here for the full op-ed piece.