Increase Funding for Housing Vouchers

Pallone Encouraged to Continue
Support of Voucher Funding

Jody SilverOn September 3, 2015, the News Transcript published a letter, “Increase funding for housing vouchers” from Jody Silver, Executive Director of Collaborative Support Programs in Freehold, New Jersey.

“For thousands of New Jerseyans with mental illness and other disabilities, housing choice vouchers are a lifeline that helps them live in safe, independent homes and avoid homelessness.”

Supportive housing allows individuals to “Rebuild their lives and maintain independent living as neighbors and community residents.”

“Unfortunately, there are many more individuals in Monmouth County who need permanent housing rental assistance who otherwise are homeless or living in substandard and unstable housing and who are struggling to maintain stable lives. Federal spending cuts to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development budget mean that fewer and fewer people are able to move into their own rental homes with the help of rental vouchers.”

Writes Silver.

Across the country, 67,000 vouchers nationally, including 1,900 vouchers in New Jersey, have been lost due to sequestration at the federal level.

The Caps Hurt Communities Campaign is an advocacy campaign to build a movement of individuals and organizations committed to bringing an end to federal sequester caps. Sequestration has made significant cuts to the Housing Choice Voucher Funding program.

The Campaign urges Congress to realign the federal budget to preserve and expand access to affordable rental housing for low income households while continuing support for home-ownership opportunities for low and moderate income families.

“We believe it is critical for Congress to fully fund housing choice vouchers and reverse losses to the federal housing vouchers programs. Congressman Pallone has an important voice in Washington, D.C.

CSPNJ appreciates his support of voucher funding and we hope that he and other New Jersey congressional representatives will continue to be a champion for this critical need in the coming year.”

Continues Silver.

Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey (CSPNJ) provides supportive housing to more than 140 persons in Monmouth County with housing vouchers and support services.

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