Homeless Coalition Holds Candidate Forum

At Candidate Forum Advocates Call for Greater Federal Investments in Affordable Homes and Community Development in Newark

On May 2, 2018 the City of Newark Homeless Coalition Hosted a Mayoral and Councilperson-At-Large Candidate Forum on Homelessness and Affordable Housing. The Forum was part of the 2nd annual Our Homes, Our Voices week of action. This event was held from 12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. at the Newark Public Library’s Centennial Room.

The purpose of this event was to call attention to the homelessness and affordable housing crisis in New Jersey. The City of Newark Homeless Coalition stated in a press release that “no one should be forced to give up food and basic healthcare to keep a roof over their heads.” Over 200 housing and homeless advocates attended the event.

Mayor Ras Baraka and Councilwoman Chaneyfield-Jenkins attended which allowed Newark residents to hear their positions on homelessness and the lack of affordable housing.

Prior to the event, Newark residents had the opportunity to submit written questions for the candidates that were answered during the event. This was the first public candidate forum that focused on homelessness and lack of affordable housing in Newark.

Homelessness is an issue that affects low income seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, and families with children. In 2017, Congressional champions secured a 10% increase to federal investments in affordable housing. However, President Trump’s budget threatens to reduce funding for affordable housing by $11 billion. Reducing investments in affordable housing could cause an increase in rent costs, homelessness, and poverty in Newark and across the country.

The City of Newark Homeless Coalition consists of over seventy-five nonpartisan, unbiased impartial” agencies with the common mission of establishing and maintaining “a multiagency collaborative and pro-consumer homeless services delivery system.”

The City of Newark Homeless Coalition provides “recommendations to and for the City of Newark’s homelessness initiatives and maintains a strong collaborative relationship with the City of Newark’s Homeless Services Division.”

Sakinah Hoyte, Director of Bridge’s Outreach also Chairs of the City of Newark’s Homeless Coalition. She, along with her executive board organized this event. According to Hoyte, the candidate’s forum was an important step “to begin the crucial conversation to further address tackling homelessness in the City of Newark.”

If you are interested in being a part of the conversation on homelessness and lack of affordable housing in Newark and the state of New Jersey, make sure to register for the July 25, 2018 New Jersey Congressional Reception.

On July 25th, a Congressional Reception will be held at the Dirksen Senate Auditorium in Washington D.C. This event will allow New Jersey Residents who are working poor, below the poverty line and or impacted by homelessness to urge their elected officials in Washington to make No Cuts to Housing and remind them that Oportunity Starts at Home.

Register today to attend the Congressional Reception. Everyone needs to register even if you are traveling on your own.

Click here for more information about the Congressional Reception.

You can also follow @OppStartsatHome in order to learn more about the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Opportunity Starts at Home Campaign.

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Would you be interested in telling your story of the impact of homelessness on your life to your elected officials at the Congressional Reception on July 25? Please contact Kate Kelly at Monarch Housing.

2018 Congressional Reception

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