NJ Hill Day April 5, 2016 Senate Auditorium
Dirksen Senate Office Building
The reception will take place in the Senate Auditorium (SDG-50) in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
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 Network of New Jersey are planning the event and recruiting partners.
Sponsors to date include:
- Advance Housing
- Anti-Poverty Network of NJ
- Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton
- Collaborative Support Programs of NJ
- Community Access
- Community Food Bank of NJ
- Garden State Episcopal CDC
- M25 Initiative
- Monarch Housing Associates
- Supportive Housing Association
- The Affordable Homes Group
- The Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministry of New Jersey (LEAMNJ)
While the 2016 federal budget does invest some increased resources into key programs, the lack of increased investment in the Housing Choice Voucher program will hurt efforts to end homelessness in New Jersey and across the country. Overall domestic spending is down 12% since 2010.
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 plan 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 transportation 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.