YWCA of Union County Hosts Site Visit

Congressman Leonard Lance at YWCA of Union County
(L to R) Richard W. Brown, Monarch Housing, Jacqueline Jenkins, Board Member of YWCA of Union County, Jan Lilien, Executive Director of YWCA of Union County and Congressman Leonard Lance.

On the morning of October 10th 2014, advocates met with 7th Congressional District Representative Leonard Lance (R) at the offices of the YWCA Union County.

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

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.

Congressman Leonard Lance and Jan LilienThe 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.

Congressman Lance was asked to co-sponsor H.R. 5082, the House Disaster Tax Relief Bill. He stated that he would reach out to Congressman Pascrell when he returns to sponsor the bill.

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.

Congressman Lance also said he would have his district offices show their support for ending domestic violence by participating in the “Turn Your Business Purple to Prevent Domestic Violence.”

The YWCA shared two documents about domestic violence:

  1. Domestic violence and the importance of safe, affordable housing options; and
  2. Domestic Violence and Homelessness.

Click here for more information on the YWCA of Union County.

Monarch Housing has scheduled upcoming similar site visit with Congressmen Donald Payne, Jr. and last month coordinated one with Congressman Frank LoBiondo at Jewish Family Services of Atlantic County.

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.

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