Congresswoman Watson Coleman Hill Day

Congresswoman Watson Coleman Supports Right to Housing

Twelfth District Congresswoman Watson Coleman spoke about the importance of housing and her support for No Housing Cuts at the July 13, 2016 Congressional Reception.

“Having decent, affordable and accessible housing is a fundamental right for a civil society,” said Congresswoman Watson Coleman.  “I will continue to stand up in Washington, lend my voice … always be accountable for those that are pushing hard to stand up for the fundamental rights for shelter and opportunity that we all deserve.”

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.

In addition to the Network and Monarch Housing, 24 organizations and the Aldrich Foundation supported NJ Hill Day.

Cory Storch, President & CEO, Bridgeway provided a policy overview.

“Those of us who have never been homeless may think of it in the abstract,” said Cory Storch. “We are bringing formerly homeless people with us to educate our federal representatives about how real the problem is and on real, cost effective solutions.”

Trenton residents Emmajean Harrington and Vashiti Brooks both spoke about their experience with homelessness.

“I, too, was a taxpayer for 25 years” and then one day she found herself in a homeless shelter.  Catholic Charities gave her hope and cared for her.

“I’ve seen the many faces of homeless people,” she continued. “We didn’t ask to be homeless and we didn’t choose it. It chose us.”

“I thank God I have affordable housing because without it, I could be homeless,” said Vashiti. “Having Section 8 gave me the opportunity to have my own apartment. It gives me independence.”

The video was taken by Jay Everett of Monarch Housing.

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