She highlighted the bipartisan increase by Governor Chris Christie and the New Jersey General Assembly to the state’s Earned Income Housing Tax Credit (EITC) program.
Half a million working families in the state will benefit from this funding boost. Writes Lilja:
“Was a rare ray of light for these folks, who work hard for a shot at the American Dream but struggle to get by.”
Unfortunately, at the federal level
“Key provisions of the federal EITC and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) enacted a few years ago are scheduled to expire. Without them, it will be harder for working families to pay for things like child care and transportation that help them keep working – and millions of their children will fall into poverty.”
The EITC and CTC have had an impact that is closely connected to Monarch Housing’s work to prevent and end homelessness. Helping low-income working families is linked to key economic results.
“It is critical that New Jersey’s entire congressional delegation support legislation to protect these credits, especially New Jersey’s Senators, Cory Booker and Robert Menendez, because of the pivotal role the Senate will play in deciding this issue. The delegation has successfully worked together on a bipartisan basis to protect working families in the past – and we hope they do so again.”
This legislation would prevent homelessness for many families and save money in the long-term.
“As our leaders in Washington talk about how to make our country great, I’d encourage them to start with everyday working Americans. Our communities are safer and stronger when families get a shot at success. New Jersey’s leaders have acknowledged this fact in a big way by boosting the state EITC. Now we just need Congress to keep these successful policy tools intact.”
Rev. Lilja is the director of Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy New Jersey. This faith based advocacy organization is the collaborative effort of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey and the Lutheran Synod of New Jersey.