Civic, Faith-Based and Non-Profit Leadership Working Together to Build a Thriving NJ
Due to the snow storm, the date for the Union County’s Housing Summit to Build a Thriving NJ has been rescheduled for Wednesday March 29, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 695 Mountain Avenue in Springfield.
Register online to attend this free event.
“The Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council works to facilitate regular interfaith meetings to make way for the building of bonds within the interfaith community. Our faith-based members and community partners know all too well that an affordable place to call home in Union County is an impossible dream when a family needs an income of $52,8960 to rent a modest two-bedroom apartment. We are happy to host this housing conference so that we can all work together to Build a Thriving NJ,” said Deacon Tim Williams, Chair, UCICC.
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 NJ and ensure that our neighbors in union County benefit.
In Union County, a family needs to earn $25.46 an hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment. The median income is lower than that so we are in an affordable homes crisis that hurts our families.
The Housing Summit’s sponsors include:
- Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless,
- Family Promise Union County,
- Community Access Unlimited,
- Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council
- Iris House, and
- Monarch Housing Associates.
The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey has launched the Build a Thriving New Jersey Campaign.
The Campaign and the local sponsors urge 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.