NJ Legislature Approves Emergency Assistance Bills

Network Sees Victory on Bill Critical in Assisting Individuals in Crisis Needing Emergency Assistance

Yesterday, the New Jersey State Legislature voted favorably on three of the Housing and Community Network of New Jersey (the Network)’s policy priorities including lifetime emergency assistance! The Network thanks everyone who called and e-mailed their Senators and Assembly members.

Your efforts and hard work paid off. Two of the bills will now advance to the Governor’s office to be signed into law and one has been signed and set to be enacted.

  • A1887/S1965 Allows an individual to receive additional lifetime emergency assistance.
  • This bill is critical for individuals facing a crisis in their life to get needed help. Current law prevents NJ residents from getting Emergency Assistance again; this law would allow residents to get help after a 7 year window.
  • Sponsored by Asm. Mukherji and Sen. Sweeney.
  • The bill passed the Senate and Assembly and now awaits the Governor’s signature.
  • S866/A3294 Extends Emergency Assistance to people who are caretakers of disabled dependents, permanently disabled, over 60 or who are chronically unemployable.
  • Sponsored by Sen. Sweeney and Asw. Vainieri Huttle
  • This version of the bill comports with changes made by the Governor.
  • The bill passed the Senate and Assembly with the Governor’s recommendations on December 17, 2018 and now awaits the Governor’s signature.
  • S1214/A3797 Permits municipal land banking in conjunction with online property database development.
  • These bills were sponsored by Senator Ruiz and Assemblywoman Jasey.
  • The bill passed Assembly Commerce and Eco. Dev. Committee on September 13, 2018.
  • The bill passed by the Senate (27-10) on December 17, 2018.

The Mission of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, of which Monarch is a proud member, is to enhance the ability of members to create and preserve long-term affordable housing and build strong communities in New Jersey through:

  • Networking and Support Services – Provide a forum for the exchange of information and mutual support activities and keep members up-to-date on the latest developments within the state and in the housing and community development field.
  • Capacity Building and Resource Development – Provide training and technical assistance to build the organizational and production capacity of non-profit housing and community development corporations and work to increase resources for their efforts.
  • Education and Public Policy Advocacy – Increase public awareness of non-profit housing and community development corporations as important vehicles in meeting the needs of lower-income neighborhoods and residents, and work in coalition with other groups to advocate for more effective public policies and programs to meet those needs.

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