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.