Advocates Have Strong Presence in DC!
On July 31, 2014, a group of almost 20 advocates participated in NJ Capitol Hill Day 2014, which was coordinated by Monarch Housing and CSH.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance) provided support for NJ Hill Day, which was on the last day of the NAEH’s annual conference.
This year meetings were held with senior staff from each of the fourteen NJ Congressional offices. In addition, five members of Congress – Leonard Lance, Albio Sires, Rush Holt, Frank LoBiondo, Frank Pallone and Senator Robert Menendez – attended the meetings.
A group of almost 20 advocates from across New Jersey met with both U.S. Senate offices and all 11 Members of the House urging them to support federal policy priorities that would create Homes for the Homeless.
Across Capitol Hill that day, over 235 participants from 33 states visited Congressional offices taking part in over 200 meetings, including 48 in which a Member joined the conversation in person. New Jersey advocates were part of 10% of the meetings across the country that included a Member!
New Jersey was proud to be part of this important effort which focused Homes for the Homeless and the policy priorities focused on funding to create more housing which would transform the lives of the residents while having a positive impact on creating jobs.
- Make Affordable Housing and Ending Homelessness a Priority in the Federal Budget
- Restore Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers
- Ensure Funding for the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF)
- Increase the capacity of Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs
- Provide Additional Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) for Areas Impacted by Federally Declared Disasters