Loss of 5,500 NJ Housing Vouchers in FY18 Federal Budget Would Exacerbate Homelessness
On Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 10:30 a.m., advocates will gather at the Freehold First Aid Squad in Freehold for a testimonial event about the transformative impact of housing vouchers.
The offices of U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez and U.S. Representatives Tom MacArthur (R-3), Chris Smith (R-4), and Frank Pallone (D-6) have been invited to participate in the event. The press has been invited to cover the event.
Individuals living in the Greater Freehold region will share their personal success stories telling how housing vouchers have transformed their lives. After the event, Individuals will be available after the event to speak directly with members of the press.
Moving into affordable housing with the assistance of vouchers allows individuals with low-incomes to stabilize their health and integrate into the community. Once their lives are stabilized, voucher recipients rely less on expensive emergency health care.
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), 165,800 people in 70,000 New Jersey households use a voucher to afford decent, privately owned housing.
In 2018, New Jersey could lose 5,500 vouchers if Congress does not increase renewal funding sufficiently to cover rising rents and other costs. This loss of vouchers would worsen homelessness and housing instability among low-income residents.
Four videos of housing voucher recipients will be released at the event. Each highlights the transformative impact of having a place to call home.
Of the 70,000 households in New Jersey using a housing voucher to afford decent, privately owned housing, 63% of these households include seniors, children or people with disabilities. The total number of people in subsidized housing in NJ totals 165,800.
CBPP reports that, three out of four low-income New Jersey households pay too much for rent and do not receive a voucher or other federal rental assistance due to limited funding.
- 13% of voucher recipients are elderly; Vouchers help 20,700 of New Jersey’s seniors afford decent, modest housing and age in place.
- 20% of voucher recipients are disabled; Vouchers enable 33,400 people with disabilities in New Jersey to live independently in their home communities.
- 67% of voucher recipients are families with children; 29,300 families with 65,000 children in New Jersey use a voucher to keep a roof over their heads.