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With your help, Monarch Housing is working to affect public policy change that will end homelessness.

Monarch Housing’s Public Policy Team advocates to ensure that adequate resources are available to end homelessness and expand the supply of supportive housing that people can afford.

Did you know that in the year ending on June 30, 2016, New Jersey saw 161,000 evictions? And eviction often leads to a household becoming homeless. This eviction rate tells us that every six tenants in New Jersey experienced an eviction and it reflects the eviction crisis that Dr. Matthew Desmond identified in the research for his groundbreaking book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

In an effort to highlight public policy solutions to eviction such as increased federal funding for housing choice vouchers and legal assistance to assist low-income renters, Monarch Housing initiated plans for a public policy forum on eviction.

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, Monarch Housing and its partners NJ Policy Perspective, the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ, the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ, the Supportive Housing Association of NJ, Bridges Outreach, the Mental Health Association in NJ, the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, Homeless Solutions and the Drew University Center for Civic Engagement. held a Public Policy Forum on eviction in NJ with Princeton sociologist Dr. Matthew Desmond, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Evicted, and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (NJ-D) at Drew University in Madison, NJ.

Over 300 advocates, policy makers, affordable housing providers and homeless service providers attended the public policy forum which moderated by leading educator and housing advocate Prof. Paula Franzese, Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School.

The public policy forum drew news coverage that further highlighted New Jersey’s eviction crisis. An October 16, 2017 wrote, “Public forums like the one at Drew engage both the general public and students – our future leaders – in thoughtful discussion about a statewide crisis that must be resolved. More are needed.”

Desmond said, “The house is the center of life. It’s part of the America story.”

It must be part of the New Jersey story as well.”

The Public Policy Forum is underwritten by a grant from the Investors Foundation.

With your support, we and our many partners can plan for and underwrite future public policy forums that will affect public policy change to end homelessness in New Jersey.

To join us in this movement, make a contribution today or on Giving Tuesday, November 28th!

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