William Newbold a Constituent of Congressman Pallone Says More Affordable Housing Resources Necessary
William Newbold is a constituent of U.S. Congressman Pallone (NJ-D-6) is very excited to attend the 2018 Congressional Reception.
In the 1980s, William experienced homelessness. In 1988, he struggled to find employment but was unsuccessful. With no job and no savings, William lost his home and found himself living on the streets.
William recalls a time that he was sleeping outside on the sidewalk and took off his shoes to make himself more comfortable. When he had awoken, someone had stolen his shoes. For two weeks, he had to live without any shoes.
William tried to get a place to stay at a local homelessness shelter but was denied shelter because of a positive drug test. The shelter did not accept him even though he was sleeping on the street.
Two months later, William was hospitalized. He finally connected with a shelter called Osmond Shelter and received housing for about a month. Afterwards, he was sent to a rehabilitation facility to finally get the help he needed.
William recalls, “My using was so out of control.” He knew that rehab was his best chance at a better future. He said, “A coworker convinced me. He told me if I go to rehab and get clean then I would never be homeless again.”
For a while, local Social Services helped William pay for a motel room while he was looking for housing. In 1992, he received a section 8 housing voucher which he still uses today. He lives comfortably in an apartment in Highland Park.
William says that he wants “More people to care about helping the homeless recover from homelessness.”
Last year, William saw a man sleeping outside. He approached the man and learned that he had been homeless for a year and a half. William invited him into his house and let him shower, clean himself up, and make some phone calls.
Using his phone, this gentleman was able to reconnect with his family in Connecticut with whom he had lost touch. Now that they have reconnected, this man is no longer homeless.
William urges Congressman Pallone to increase available resources to help NJ residents find affordable housing. He wants the American people to have more compassion and empathy towards the homeless, because homelessness can impact anyone.
If you are passionate about providing affordable housing in New Jersey, you should attend the July 25th, a Congressional Reception which 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.
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