Communities of Choice provide access to jobs with decent pay, good schools, transportation, and healthcare.
Through the demonstration, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and public housing agencies (PHAs) would be able to develop new models for improving voucher mobility and provide counseling to help HUD-assisted families move to areas of opportunity.
The task force would examine and quantify how the affordable housing crisis impacts people’s lives and increases costs for non-housing programs (health, education, social services, and others) at the federal, state, and local levels.
The task force will also make recommendations to Congress on how to use affordable housing to improve the effectiveness of other federal programs.
At the Congressional Reception, Senator Cory Booker declared that “Housing is a right.” And Senator Bob Menendez told the audience, “We cannot lose sight of what we are fighting for – an affordable place for every New Jersey resident to call home.”