Congressman Frank LoBiondo: In this budget fight, I want to protect and fight for the resources that help our fellow citizens with housing, food and other essential services
Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-2) addressed the crowd of over 450 New Jerseyans at the Congressional Reception about the importance of housing and his support for No Housing Cuts. Among the over 50 Constituents at Hill Day were speakers Dr. Robin Weinstein and Don Campbell.
Congressman Frank LoBiondo addressed the audience about the need to fight cuts to housing funding.
“In this budget fight, I want to protect and fight for the resources that help our fellow citizens with housing, food and other essential services,” said Congressman Frank LoBiondo.
Advocates urged legislators to oppose spending cuts to programs that reduce access to affordable homes for NJ residents.
“By investing in affordable housing for everyone and keeping people out of prison, we can actually save money annually that can be used to improve education, provide access to jobs, and ensure that everyone has healthcare. As I stated before, good fiscal policy is many times the righteous policy;” said Dr. Robin Weinstein, President and Founder, The M25 Initiative working in Cumberland County. “America’s greatness lies in her people and when we invest in people, we will always come out ahead. I understand the system is broken, but we need public policy that builds bridges to a better future and does not make people walk the plank into hopelessness and despair.”
“So, let’s not just increase the Housing Voucher program to the level it needs to sustain itself, let’s focus our energies on ensuring that everyone has a place to call home!” said Weinstein. “An investment in the people of the United States of America will always yield dividends for generations to come.”
Donald Campbell lives in Galloway, works as the Center Director for the Artemis Center for Independent Living and is a constituent of Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-2.)
“In order to get a job, you need a house and Medicaid and other support services,” said Donald Campbell. With Medicaid and a place to call home we can work without fear of losing our healthcare and housing.”
“Donald’s advocacy message rings true across all those with fiscal and behavioral health challenges. Working to address the holistic barriers to wellness, recovery, community integration and employment – it is safe, clean, and affordable housing that is a key!” says Robert Kley, VP/COO Mental Health Association in NJ.
Monarch Housing was joined by 38 partner organizations in planning and supporting NJ Hill Day.
The video was taken by Jay Everett of Monarch Housing.