Congressman Albio Sires at NJ Hill Day

Congressman Albio Sires Hears How Housing Transforms Lives

Mark Gyorfy, Congressman Albio Sires housing staff person represented him at the Congressional Reception.

“He wanted to apologize that he wasn’t able to make it here today and express his gratitude for all of you who made the trip down to Washington DC and telling your stories today in person.”

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.

Linda Flores-Tober, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Coalition for the Homeless spoke about the policy issues in the district.

“We came to Washington to speak to our representatives about the fact that neglect of homeless families and the need for affordable housing could be the most expensive option of all. We need affordable housing from the federal government.  We need HUD to step up and help us.  We have a housing crisis that is exploding in New Jersey because of a lack of a safety net.”

Richard Corlies, who is 71-years-old, has lived in his supportive housing apartment in Elizabeth New Jersey spoke about how housing had transformed his life.

He has lived in the district of Congressman Albio Sires (D-8) for almost four years.

He served in Vietnam and became addicted to alcohol and drugs and lost his marriage and house. After a stay in the Veterans Affairs East Orange hospital, he has now been clean and sober for three years and volunteers at an animal shelter. “To have a roof over your head is everything,” says Richard.

“I am eternally grateful for everyone who has helped me,” says Richard.  “To have a roof over your head is everything,”  he said.

The video was taken by Jay Everett of Monarch Housing.

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