Join Us for the Congressional Reception
in DC to Stop the Cuts
On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, advocates from New Jersey concerned about the needs for affordable homes will travel to Washington, DC for a Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill. Low-income families, the homeless and those with special needs are hurting from the effect of budget cuts at the same time that the urgent need for housing still exists.
Monarch Housing Associates and the Housing and Community Development of New Jersey are planning the event and in recruiting partners.
The other organizations that have expressed an interest in sponsoring are:
- Advance Housing
- Anti-Poverty Network of NJ
- Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton
- Community Food Bank of NJ
- Jewish Family Services of Atlantic and Cape May
- Mental Health Association in NJ (MHANJ)
- Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness
- NJ Community Development Corporation (NJCDC)
- NJ State Association of Jewish Federations
- Supportive Housing Association
- The Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministry of New Jersey (LEAMNJ)
- Triple C Housing
- Volunteers of America, Delaware Valley
The impact of sequestration and budget cuts have reduced the HUD budget by 12% since 2010 as well as other domestic programs. For example, the HOME program has been cut by 50% and could be eliminated this year. The lack of affordable homes and the resources needed to maintain existing public housing has created an affordable homes state of emergency in NJ.
We hope to bring 300 people to DC for the day and New Jersey’s U.S. Senators and all of the members our state in the House will be invited. The Reception will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. We are working with our partners to provide from locations across the state to Washington DC.
An advocate from each district will welcome the member of Congress and introduce a speaker from the district and for both Senators will be selected to discuss the benefits of HUD funded housing and the impact of the cuts on those programs to their community. All members from the district will be included in a group photo.
The April 5 reception is happening the day after the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s (NLIHC) Policy Forum, “Overcoming Housing Poverty, Achieving Housing Justice”, in Washington, DC from April 3-4, 2015. The event brings together housing and homeless advocates and policy analysts from across the nation to discuss the challenges of ending housing poverty and homelessness.