Our Homes, Our Voices Housing Week of Action Events Planned in NJ May 1-8
Lawmakers have begun the fiscal year (FY) 2019 appropriations cycle in earnest and the Our Homes, Our Voices Housing Week of Action May 1-8 is key to ensuring the gains we made last year.
The FY 2018 omnibus in late March, which provided significant increases for housing and community development programs, including the HOME Program, Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) Program, rental assistance, and public housing.
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) has assumed the role of Chairman of the Appropriations Committee in the Senate following Sen. Thad Cochran’s retirement on April 1.
Lawmakers will likely seek to complete appropriations bills before the mid-term elections in November, making the coming weeks critical for members of Congress to hear from affordable housing and community development stakeholders as they negotiate appropriations legislation.
There are a number of ways to voice your support.
What can you do to voice your support for affordable housing and community development funding?
Advocates will be hosting the second annual Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action from Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Tuesday, May 8, 2018 to bring attention to the severe shortage of affordable homes and urge increased investments in solutions.
These are some of the events planned in NJ to date for the Housing Week of Action include:
- Tuesday, May 1 | 11:30 – 1pm | St. Mary’s located at 89 York St. in Jersey City. St. Mary’s Residence in Jersey City has an unbroken history of housing the economically-poor single women since 1902! During this open house, hear from woman who have benefited from an affordable home and see how federal housing funding has helped change people’s lives. For more information contact Sean Brown
- Wednesday, May 2 | 12-2pm | Newark Public Library located at 5 Washington StreetCity of Ne wark Homeless Coalition will sponsor a Candidates Forum addressing homelessness. 12-1pm: At- Large Candidates; 1-2pm: Mayor Candidates. For more information.
- Thursday, May 3 | 11 am | Parkside Business & Community in Partnership located at 1487 Kenwood Avenue in Camden Parkside Business & Community In Partnership, Inc., a non-profit community development corporation working in the Parkside neighborhood of Camden, will celebrate a grant that will enable them to implement their resident-driven strategic plan for redevelopment of their neighborhood. They will also speak to the federal resources that enabled them to add 90 for-sale rehabbed homes and 149 units of newly constructed senior and multi-family rental housing in the Parkside and Whitman Park neighborhoods of Camden. For more information contact Sean Brown.
- Friday, May 4 Closed meeting with Senator’s Menendez’s Chief of Staff on federal policy challenges ahead and how to best address them.
- Saturday, May 5th |8:30am – 1:30pm | Plainfield, NJ Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County Habitat will be hosting a group of 25 women to come build a home. For more information contact Kamila Williams.
- Tuesday, May 8, 2018 | 6-9pm | Nico’s Restaurant located in NJPAC La Casa will celebrate the milestones and honor the heroes who are moving the needle in making New Jersey’s communities healthier. Our Theme, “Health Matters” explores the growing awareness about the social determinants of health. Register here.
- Tue, May 8, 2018 | 8:30-10:30am | Morris County Authority located at 99 Ketch Road, Morris Township Housing Advocates in Morris County will be discussing their advocacy strategy during a meeting of the Morris County Housing Alliance. For more information contact Arnold Cohen.