The vouchers would house people with disabilities including intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental illness, and the homeless. Persons living in stable housing are less likely to overuse emergency rooms and other high cost centers and can become a productive part of their local communities.
The NJ Department of Human Services (DHS) is accepting budget recommendations for the 2016/2017 budget year and SHA urges everyone to write or email Commissioner Beth Connolly requesting that she add 1,000 new rental vouchers to the state budget.
These vouchers would allow very low-income people with disabilities to afford rental apartments in local communities. The rental vouchers would pay up to 2/3 of an affordable rent for eligible individuals.
If your organization plans to submit organizational budget testimony, please add the request for 1,000 new vouchers to your testimony. And individuals should consider sending a written plea reminding the state that rental vouchers are critical for individuals to achieve housing independence.
The Department will collect interested stakeholder’s email or hard copy (handwritten or typed) testimony with constructive ideas and suggestions concerning DHS’ portion of the FY’17 budget until Friday, November 20, 2015.