LoBiondo Visits Supportive Housing Tenant in Margate

Jewish Family Services Hosts Site Visit

LoBiondo Visits Supportive Housing Tenant in Margate

(L to R) Mitchell Gurwicz, President, Jewish Family Service of Atlantic County, Congressman Frank LoBiondo and Darren Matik, Treasurer, Jewish Family Service of Atlantic County

On September 12, 2014, advocates met with Congressman Frank LoBiondo at the offices of Jewish Family Services  of Atlantic County in Margate.

This site visit was an excellent opportunity to follow-up on the success of meetings during the July 31 Capitol Hill Day in DC.

Mitchell Gurwicz, President and Darren Matik, Treasurer of Jewish Family Service of Atlantic County attended the meeting. Staff members included Andrea Steinberg, Chief Executive Officer, Ann Thoresen, Atlantic Homeless Alliance and Ashley Cropper from Jewish Family Services staff.

A supportive housing resident Anthony B. shared his success story about the impact housing has had on his life. After almost a decade of being homeless Anthony will be celebrating five years in supportive housing next February.

Richard W. Brown of Monarch Housing and Steve Clayton of CSH also joined the meeting.

Congressman LoBiondo was very impressed with the evidence-based success of the Atlantic Homeless Alliance, the county’s single point of entry, as well as the benefits of supportive housing. His office has worked closely with Jewish Family Services to house homeless veterans with HUD-VASH vouchers.

Congressman LoBiondo spoke about the lack of a federal budget and that he wanted to work together with other members of the House from both parties to protect programs that work such as supportive housing, initiatives to end veterans homelessness and single point of entry initiatives.

Those present at the site visit agreed to assist Congressman LoBiondo to find allies to ensure that funding is secured to end homelessness.

Monarch Housing and CSH have scheduled upcoming similar site visits with Congressmen Frank Pallone and Donald Payne, Jr.

If you are interested in inviting your member of Congress to visit your site and meet supportive housing tenants, please contact Kate Kelly at Monarch.