Congressional Reception Highlights Video Shares the Impact of Homelessness

Spend Just Three Minutes Watching the Congressional Reception Video and Hear How Opportunity Starts at Home and Why we Must Fight Housing Cuts

On July 25, 2018, over 350 advocates from all over New Jersey gathered in Washington D.C. to tell their elected officials to not make any cuts to housing. The goal of the Congressional Reception was to generate awareness on how vital stable housing is to life and to remind our representatives in Washington that Opportunity Starts at Home.

This year’s event had two themes: “No Housing Cuts” and “Opportunity Starts at Home.” Each speaker incorporated these themes into their remarks.

Did you attend the 2018 Congressional Reception? Would you like to show a friend or co-worker what it was all about?

Or are you disappointed that you missed the Congressional Reception and want to watch video footage of the event but don’t have four hours in your day to watch the all of the videos?

Luckily for you, Monarch Housing Associates’ intern Kara Foley has created a short video the features each and every speaker at the July 25 Congressional Reception – impact speakers, elected officials, and national partner who spoke at the reception. This video montage features at least a few seconds of each speaker!

We encourage you to share the new highlights video with family and friends and use it to urge them to come to next year’s reception. The video is a great tool that reminds all of us of the critical importance of the advocacy efforts to prevent housing cuts and ensure that Opportunity Starts at Home for everyone in New Jersey!

The Congressional Reception had twenty-seven different impact speakers this year, all of whom spoke courageously on their experiences with homelessness or unstable housing. In addition, four congress-people spoke in addition to three of Monarch’s partners for the events.

Throughout the day, the Dirksen Senate Auditorium was filled with laughter, tears, and applause, all generated from the fantastic line up of speakers.

Many of the impact speakers spoke about how new opportunities in their life began once they were given decent, affordable housing. Patricia Mercado, for example, explained how her housing helped her to, “get a license, go to school, get a job.

One speaker, Robert Eaton, even shared a poem. In addition, Maryanne Fiorentino followed her testimonial with a short song.

Monarch Housing Associates and its partners would like to thank everyone who spoke this year. Our event would not have been possible without all of our courageous and unique speakers.

If you were not able to attend this year, make sure you check back on our website next summer as this is an annual event. If you do choose to attend or speak in 2019, you could be featured in next year’s video! For more information email us.

You can follow the coverage of the Congressional Reception in the news on Twitter and Facebook at #NJHillDay, #NoHousingCuts and #OurHomesOurVoices as well as on our website.

Follow the event on Instagram.


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