Join Us for the Congressional Reception
Stop the Cuts
The date for our Congressional Reception has been moved to Wednesday, July 13, 2016. The Congressional calendar has changed therefore we are rescheduling for a date when both the House and Senate will be in session.
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 Network of New Jersey are planning the event and 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
- Catholic Charities Diocese of Camden
- Collaborative Support Programs of NJ
- Community Access
- Community Food Bank of NJ
- Garden State Episcopal CDC
- M25 Initiative
- Mental Health Association in NJ
- Mental Health Association of Essex County
- Mental Health Association of Monmouth County
- Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness
- NJ Community Development Corporation
- Provident Bank
- Project Live
- 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 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 the afternoon of July 13. 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.