Loss of 5,500 Housing Vouchers in FY18 Federal Budget Would Exacerbate Homelessness

Recipients of housing Vouchers Share Stories About How Housing Transformed Their Lives

On Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 10:30 a.m., individuals living in the Greater Freehold region along with Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey (CSPNJ) and Triple C Housing staff will share their personal success stories telling how housing vouchers have transformed their lives.

The event will take place at the Freehold First Aid Squad at 18 Spring Street in Freehold, New Jersey. After the event, individuals will be available 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, 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. Click here to read more about the importance of housing vouchers.

Monarch Housing is partnering in this event as it has seen the success of the Housing Choice (Section 8) Voucher program as local communities are making progress in decreasing homelessness.

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) were invited to attend the event. Due to votes scheduled in Washington, DC, it is not expected that the elected officials will be able to attend.

Videos of housing voucher recipients assisted by Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey are available and highlight the transformative impact of having a place to call home.

Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey is a dynamic, statewide, recovery focused provider of housing and services to people living with mental health and addiction challenges. Our greatest resource is the life experiences of people working through their own recovery.

Monarch Housing Associates’ mission is to expand the supply, accessibility and variety of affordable, permanent supportive housing through development, planning, advocacy and partnerships.

Triple C Housing’s mission is to create permanent supportive housing opportunities coupled with innovative support services empowering individuals and families to live with dignity and fulfill their utmost potential. Click here to read the stories of individuals and families assisted by Triple C.

70,000 New Jersey Households Use Housing Choice Voucher

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