Two Supportive Housing residents attended the meeting and offered testimonials highlighting their experiences with domestic violence and the transformative impact of secure, subsidized housing on their continued safety plans. Staff members included Janice Lilien, Executive Director of YWCA Union County and the agency’s Supportive Housing Case Manager.
The two supportive housing residents stressed how having a place to call home had transformed their lives. One is going to college and the other will be returning to work this month.
Richard W. Brown of Monarch Housing also joined the meeting to advocate for the increased availability of affordable housing and Section 8 housing vouchers, among other policy changes.
The participants discussed the importance of adequate funding for the McKinney-Vento program as well funding to create more affordable and supportive housing.
This legislation would provide a LIHTC allocation of the greater of $8 per individual in the disaster areas or 50% of the state’s LIHTC ceiling. Communities would also be eligible to apply for an extra New Markets Tax Credit allocation totaling $500 million.