Opportunity Starts at Home

Health & Housing: Building a Necessary and Secure Foundation for Healthy Communities

On July 24, 2019, Monarch Housing and our twenty-three partners, to date, will hold a Congressional Reception in Washington, D.C. The Congressional Reception will take place in the Dirksen Senate Auditorium from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The theme of this year’s Congressional Reception will be: Opportunity Starts at Home: Building a Necessary and Secure Foundation for Healthy Communities.
 
We are planning for a group of 300 attendees to join us in buses traveling down to D.C. on the morning of July 24.  Please save the date and join us in Washington, D.C.  Stay tuned for more details about how to register to attend the event.  
 
Speakers will be elaborating on the theme of Opportunity Starts at Home: Building a Necessary and Secure Foundation for Healthy Communities by speaking from lived experience and reminding us that:
 
• Housing is a right, 
• Housing is healthcare and 
• Housing creates healthy communities. 
 
The policy priorities include, but are not limited to, expanding the national Housing Trust Fund (HTF), advocating for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program.  Nationally, Opportunity Starts at Home is a long-term, multi-sector campaign staffed by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) to meet the rental housing needs of the nations’ low-income people.    
 
One of the sectors engaged in the Opportunity Starts at Home Campaign is Health & Housing.
 
Opportunity Starts at Home reminds us that health care advocates are housing advocates.
 
The campaign makes the case that a quality affordable home is a prescription for good health. It has been linked to prevention of long-term health problems and promotes healthy, productive lives.  But when a family’s housing situation is unaffordable and unstable, chances to lead a healthy life dwindle rapidly.  We all want good, affordable housing in a strong neighborhood.
 
All who register to attend this year’s Congressional Reception will be given opportunities leading up to the event to learn about how work happening in New Jersey connects to our theme and how to continue advocacy with our elected officials in Washington after the event is over.

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