State Budget Should Fully Fund Emergency Assistance for the Homeless
The proposed 2017 state budget cuts $36 million from the Emergency Assistance (EA) program. This potential cut could make New Jersey residents homeless and force them out on the street.
EA is a critical element of the state’s efforts to end homelessness. Families and individuals with the most limited income resources – those temporarily unable to find a job, receiving cash assistance from Work First New Jersey or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – often have difficulty finding a home they can afford.
The EA program exists to prevent homelessness and provide stable housing for up to 12 months so that recipients can look for viable, permanent housing alternatives.
If this funding is cut from the proposed budget, it will be difficult if not impossible to get the money restored in future budgets.
Please join the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey and Monarch Housing Associates in contacting:
- Governor Christie or call 609-292-6000.
- Senate President Sweeney, or (201) 770-1303 and
- Assembly Speaker Prieto or (201) 770-1303
Urge them to fully fund Emergency Assistance in the upcoming state budget.
The time to act is now as the budget needs to be adopted by June 30th.
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