Network Reports on Success of Policy Priorities for Veterans Housing and Emergency Assistance and Christie’s Final Pocket Vetoes
The Housing and Community Development Network of NJ reported on its policy priorities for veterans housing and emergency assistance at the end of Governor Christie’s term.
The following bills were signed into law.
- “New Jersey Housing Assistance for Veterans Act” Establishes a pilot program to assist low income or disabled veterans with housing modification and rehabilitation; appropriates $5 million over a five-year period.
- Emergency Assistance: Individuals or families that are homeless or in temporary living arrangement due to domestic violence will be eligible for emergency assistance.
Unfortunately, Governor Christie did not take action on the following priorities resulting in a pocket veto:
- “Clawback bill” Establishes process for recovery of Superstorm Sandy aid over payments.
- 50 percent reduction in sewer and water connection fees for affordable homes. The bill expands to all affordable homes (including those built by for-profit developers) the 50 percent reduction in new connection fees and the credit against the connection fee for affordable homes previously connected to the sewer and water system that were demolished or refurbished.
- Allows individual to receive additional lifetime emergency assistance under certain circumstances. This bill would require that the Commissioner of Human Services nullify any months of emergency assistance that were received by an individual more than 84 months (seven years) prior to an application for emergency assistance.
The Network congratulates its members and partners for all their tireless to try to make these priorities law. Together, everyone worked hard during the last legislative session to protect the resources that strengthen our neighborhoods and promote the policies that improve quality of life for our fellow New Jerseyans. The Network looks forward to continuing that work and hopefully celebrate success in this new session.
This month, New Jersey entered a new era in state government. Governor Phil Murphy was sworn in as New Jersey’s governor on January 16, 2018.
On January 17, 2018, NJAdvance Media reported on the inauguration quoting New Jersey’s new governor, “We can once again be the state that leads the nation in progressive policies and puts commons sense and our residents first in line,” said Murphy who is the first Democrat to hold the job since 2010, when Christie took office after beating then-Gov. Jon Corzine.