Join Us for the July 25th Congressional Reception to Fully Fund Housing and Community Development Programs
On April 27, 2018, the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) sent a letter to House and Senate Leadership urging lawmakers to work together to ensure housing and community development programs receive robust funding in FY19.
The letter was signed by nearly 2,500 national, state, local, and tribal organizations and governments. Monarch Housing Associates is proud to be one of the seventy-five New Jersey organizations that signed on to the letter.
The letter reads in part, “We are thankful that Congress has significantly increased investments in affordable housing and community development programs in fiscal year (FY) 2018, and we urge lawmakers to work together to ensure this trend continues by providing these programs with the highest funding levels possible in FY 2019.”
The letter points out the critical need for increased funding for affordable housing and community development.
“Today, one in four renters in America is spending more than half of their income on rent, and homelessness rates are rising in many communities across the country as growing numbers of people are unable to afford a place to call home. Housing costs are rising faster than wages, and they are well beyond what is considered affordable to fixed income households. Our nation’s affordable housing stock is deteriorating, and the supply of affordable and accessible homes and rental assistance has not kept pace with demand.”
It is now more than ever more necessary that there are no cuts made to federal housing programs. On Wednesday, July 25, 2018, advocates from New Jersey will travel to Washington DC for the annual Congressional Reception with the messages “No Cuts to Housing” and “Opportunity Starts at Home.” Cuts are hurting our communities that serve low-income families, the homeless and those with special needs.On the morning of July 25, 2018, buses will be leaving from various locations across New Jersey and traveling to the Congressional Reception which will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Dirksen Senate Auditorium. Speakers impacted by homelessness will address their elected officials in Washington who will be invited to join their constituents at the Congressional Reception.