Civic, Faith-Based and Non-Profit Leadership Working Together to Build a Thriving Union County
On March 15, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., housing advocates are holding a Housing Summit “Let’s Build a Thriving Union County.” The Summit will be held at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 695 Mountain Avenue in Springfield at 7:00 p.m.
The event provides an opportunity for all Union County residents to attend and learn more about the Housing and Community Development Network for New Jersey’s “Let’s Build a Thriving New Jersey” campaign and how Union County civic, faith-based, and non-profit leadership can make a Thriving Union County.
Currently, Union County has an affordable homes crisis which impacts everyone. A Family needs an annual income of $52,960 to rent a two-bedroom apartment in Union County.
The Housing Summit’s sponsors include:
- Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless,
- Family Promise Union County,
- Community Access Unlimited,
- Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council and
- Monarch Housing Associates.
The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey has launched the Build a Thriving New Jersey Campaign.
The Campaign urges NJ leaders to commit $600 million annually to create homes we can afford.
As background, the 2008 recession, the foreclosure crisis and Superstorm Sandy took an enormous toll on the communities in which our members work. Everyone around New Jersey has felt the impact – from our infrastructure to our businesses to the neighborhoods where we work and live.
We are still recovering and our economy needs to get back on track – so that our residents have jobs that support vibrant opportunities in every corner of our state.
We have a simple solution: start with the basics of making sure everyone can afford to call New Jersey home. If we build homes we can afford, and revitalize the communities where we work and live, we can Build a Thriving New Jersey.
Our families, friends and neighbors are the heart of our state and the backbone of our economy. If we can’t afford to live here, we can’t get our economy back on track.