Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen Hears How Housing Transforms Lives
Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen was unable to attend the Congressional Reception and his staff had to leave prior to the presentation.
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.
Debbie Ann Anderson, executive director of Homefirst Interfaith Housing & Family Services, Inc. spoke about the policy issues in the district.
“I want to say, No Housing Cuts, Affordable Housing is a right in America. Help us change the odds for individuals, families, children, all people that are in need of affordable housing.”
She is 41 years old, has lived in her supportive housing apartment in Verona, New Jersey for over 3 years. She has a rental voucher.
She is in recovery for mental illness and substance abuse and before moving into her own apartment, she had been to treatment for a year and then lived in a halfway house. After the halfway house, she was transferred to a homeless shelter where she lived for thirteen months until she received her voucher
Of the assistance that she receives from the Mental Health Association of Essex County, she says she “wouldn’t be in this place if it were not for them.”
She is the mother of her 13-year-old son who lives with her mother in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. She has a good relationship with her son and mother.
The video was taken by Jay Everett of Monarch Housing.
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