Senator Bob Menendez at Hill Day

Senator Bob Menendez Everyone Needs a Place to Call Home

“Everyone should have a place to call home,” said Senator Bob Menendez at the July 13, 2016 Congressional Reception about the importance of housing and his support for No Housing Cuts.

Senator Bob Menendez thanked the 350 people for coming to DC and said that he appreciated all of their efforts.

“I know that New Jersey has the best advocates,” said Senator Bob Menendez.

“I see firsthand the benefits of housing and community development projects …These projects can change lives, they are not about bricks and mortar … They are about lives. Home is the place that we get nurtured and grow up in,” he said.

“The sense of understanding that we are all in this together … is something that drives me everyday in the Senate to fight for a different course of action,” said Senator Bob Menendez.

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.

Staci Berger, CEO of the Network provided a policy overview and thanked Senator Bob Menendez for fighting for NJ.

Susan Parker spoke about how housing has transformed her life.

She has lived in Lumberton, New Jersey, district of Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-3), in a supportive housing apartment for 7 years.

Before moving into her own apartment, she experienced a very brief period of homelessness after leaving an abusive marriage.

She now works for Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton as a peer advocate and says, “I am your tax dollars at work.”

The video was taken by Jay Everett of Monarch Housing.

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