Housing is Crucial Congressman Bill Pascrell Says
Congressman Bill Pascrell spoke at the July 13, 2016 Congressional Reception about the importance of housing and his support for No Housing Cuts.
“In a state where housing, our decisions about housing policy must be at the forefront of any kind of economic,” said Congressman Bill Pascrell. “You need shelter. You need shelter before you can work. You need shelter before you need food.”
Over 350 advocates traveled to Washington, DC to meet with the New Jersey Congressional delegates and let them know that there should be No Housing Cuts and the need for investments for housing and homelessness prevention.
Advocates urged legislators to oppose spending cuts to programs that reduce access to affordable homes for NJ residents.
“As a person who has experienced homelessness, I know firsthand that there is no peace without a home. Life is chaotic and painful. In order to survive while homeless, things need to be done that most people can’t even conceive of. The shame and humiliation are immeasurable and unforgettable,” said Mary Rossettini of Advance Housing. “But if we cut housing funds, we will always be treating it as an emergency, like something that just happens. If funding isn’t available for rental assistance and affordable housing the problem will only continue to get worse and more people will suffer needlessly.”
Alvin Bonaparte who secured supportive housing from NJCDC and now works at Eva’s Village gave an inspirational remarks and brought with him a resume of everything he has been able to achieve” since the burden of homelessness was lifted from me.” He spoke of Congressman Pascrell’s support of housing subsidies.
“Supportive housing is a key component from bringing an individual from desperation to stabilizing them and actually giving him a lost dream of being a positive member of society, paying taxes and contributing to society,” said Alvin Bonaparte, a proud veteran who now works for Eva’s Village. He said of the staff at Eva’s Village, “These people believed in me.”
In closing Congressman Bill Pascrell said:
“I’m fighting to ensure that the (Sandy) recovery funds are distributed fairly. The homeless money is very important, very critical.”
The video was taken by Jay Everett of Monarch Housing.
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