Congressional Reception Message: Opportunity Starts at Home
Heather Simms is a constituent of Representative Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ-02) and is excited to speak at the 2018 Congressional Reception. Heather has two kids and currently works for Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, the same organization that helped her apply for her housing voucher years ago.
Heather’s diagnosis of bipolar disorder unfortunately meant that she would eventually be evicted from her home. Following her eviction, housing assistance was very limited because she was a single mother of two kids. When she would try to seek housing on her own she would also be denied housing due to renter blacklisting.
In 2001 Heather reached out to CSP where she eventually received her first housing voucher. CSP was also her first landlord following her struggles with homelessness. Heather slowly began to transform her life back to what it was prior to her diagnosis, and eventually was able to give up her voucher and finance her housing on her own.
Once Heather had transitioned back into her previous lifestyle she was able to give up the shame of opening up about her story. Sharing her experiences allowed her to find dignity again and use her struggles to help others. Heather would like to reiterate to her elected officials the long-term effects homeless assistance programs have had on people’s lives, and how they have contributed to keeping homeless individuals out of hospitals.
If you are passionate about providing affordable housing in New Jersey, you should attend the 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 Opportunity Starts at Home.
We know that by joining together and amplifying our voices, we can have an impact on the decisions that are made in Washington DC. Join Monarch Housing Associates and our 35 partners from New Jersey to make the case that homelessness is a solvable problem. The federal government must be a full partner in ensuring an adequate breadth of services are available to prevent children, people with disabilities, the elderly, and all of our neighbors in NJ from experiencing the homelessness.
Register today to attend the Congressional Reception. Everyone needs to register even if you are traveling on your own.
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