NJ Must Support Those Needing Stable Housing

145,000 SSI Recipients Live on
Less than $800 a Month

Rapid Re-housingA December 8, 2015, letter to The Star Ledger, “N.J. must support those in need of stable housing,” Susan Parker shares her experience of being homeless.

Parker is now an Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey board member and a peer advocate for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton.

“In 2003 I became homeless. I was struggling with addiction and a mental health diagnosis. Thanks to Catholic Charities, I found supportive housing. Once I had a home I could rebuild my life.”

Writes Parker.

But unfortunately, many disabled and low-income individuals in New Jersey are not as lucky as Parker in finding permanent, affordable housing.

“Many New Jerseyans, are falling through the cracks of a tattered safety net. Over 145,000 people with serious disabilities in N.J. receive Social Security’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which means they live on less than $800 monthly.”

Writes Parker.

Click here and scroll down for the letter.