More Than 45 Travel to DC for NJ Hill Day 2015

Advocates Push for Homes for the Homeless

Congressman Frank LoBiondo meets with NJ Hill Day team

(L to R) Bob Kley, Margaret Upchurch, Monique Hickson, Congressman LoBiondo, Michelle Green, Mike Melotis and Nicole Schlett.

On July 14, 2015, over 45 New Jersey advocates traveled to Washington, DC for a very successful NJ Hill Day 2015. Hill Day teams met with Senators Booker’s and Menendez’s offices, all twelve Congressional offices and staff in Governor Christie’s DC office.

A special thank you to Congressmen Lance, LoBiondo, and Payne, Jr., Pascrell, and Smith and Congresswoman Watson Coleman who were able to join their constituents.

The meetings gave individuals experiencing homelessness and housing and homeless providers and policy staff the opportunity to make the case for our priorities for Homes for the Homeless.

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Truly a team effort, NJ Hill Day partners included:

and others involved in organizing NJ Hill Day.

Our key public policy priorities are:

  • Restoring Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers
  • Making Homelessness a Federal Budget Priority
  • Ensuring Funding for the National Housing Trust Fund
  • Protecting and Increasing Funding for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit
  • Increasing funding for the Home Investment Partnership (HOME) Program
  • Increasing capacity of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) programs

As a follow up to a successful NJ Hill Day, Monarch Housing will work with partners to invite New Jersey’s Senators and members of Congress to participate in site visits with they are home in New Jersey and their districts on recesses in August and throughout the fall. Click here for more information.

NJ Hill Day preceded the National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliances)’s annual National Conference on Ending Homelessness.

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