This year’s Poverty Summit will focus on understanding the systemic factors that perpetuate poverty and structural racism and engaging diverse stakeholders in solutions that can grow opportunity in the Garden State. The Summit will gather partners and APN members from around the state to learn and strategize about solutions to ameliorate and end poverty.
An expected 250 people representing direct service organizations, advocacy groups, faith communities, labor and government partners, academics, and individuals with lived experience of poverty.
APN is a diverse and growing network focused on preventing, reducing, and ending poverty in New Jersey. Poverty impacts all aspects of society, and therefore all interested partners are welcomed to join and to participate in our collaborative change efforts. Through focus on empowerment of all anti-poverty stakeholders, from individuals to organizations, the network focuses on systemic change that can truly advance the fight against poverty.
APN’s mission is to fight poverty in New Jersey by empowering partners, educating the community, and advocating for solutions.
APN’s vision for success is a New Jersey where all residents have a realistic opportunity to meet their basic needs and contribute to the broader society, which will benefit from the full participation of all its members.
One of APN’s area of focused work is Housing.
Only when people have safe, affordable, and decent places to live can New Jersey have a productive and stable future.
There is a growing body of research showing a direct link between “housing security” and physical/mental health, depression, behavioral, and school problems among children, etc., as well as demonstrating the ultimate costs of these problems to society.
However, remaining in one’s home in New Jersey can be an ongoing challenge because of the increasingly high cost of housing, and the depletion of subsidy resources.
More than three-quarters of all very-low-income families (those with an income below $25,000/year for a family of four) pay more than half of their income on housing. It should come as no surprise that many families often have to make difficult choices among rent, food, medicine, and other essentials.