College Interns Join Congressional Reception Planning at Monarch

Monarch Welcomes Mitch Kelly and Jillian Lapidus to Our Team This Summer

This summer, Monarch Housing Associates welcomes Mitch Kelly and Jillian Lapidus to our team.  Mitch and Jillian will be helping in the planning work for the July 24 Congressional Reception in Washington D.C.  Mitch and Jillian wrote this following introductions of themselves.

Hi! I am Mitch Kelly and I’ll be interning with the Public Policy team at Monarch Housing Associates this summer. I attend Georgia Institute of Technology, where I will be a Senior in the fall of 2019. At Georgia Tech, I am pursuing a major in Business Administration, focusing on Finance, and minoring in Sustainable Cities.

Working with the Monarch Housing Associates team this summer is an incredible opportunity. I have always been interested in evidence-based policy, especially as it relates to affordable housing and federal incentives. Monarch is is a leader in this area, supporting equitable and affordable housing programs at both the state and federal levels.

The housing affordability crisis is especially severe in New Jersey, where the cost of living is significantly higher than the national average, so I look forward to working with a New Jersey organization focused on accessible and affordable housing for every person.

Safe and affordable housing is not only a right, but also the foundation for a high-quality life, so I am especially excited to help organize this year’s Congressional Reception, which has the theme Opportunity Starts at Home: Building a Necessary and Secure Foundation for Healthy Communities.

I am from nearby Westfield, New Jersey.

Hi! My name is Jillian Lapidus and I am one of the two Congressional Receptionist Interns at Monarch Housing Associates for the summer of 2019. Alongside Mitch Kelly, I am helping to plan the annual Congressional Reception in Washington, D.C. on July 24. I will be a senior in the fall at Albright College, where I am studying Digital Communications and Photography.

Housing affordability is a real and current issue in New Jersey. The Congressional Reception is a significant way to raise awareness about homelessness by giving elected officials the opportunity to hear from the voices of many who are directly impacted. I especially look forward to hearing from these individuals who are impacted by homelessness, and believe their stories are essential to the success of the event and to producing change.

This year’s theme Opportunity Starts at Home: Building a Necessary and Secure Foundation for Healthy Communities allows the chance to recount on the importance of housing and services, Medicaid, housing choice vouchers, fair housing and housing development.

I am very much excited for this internship at Monarch Housing Associates as it will give me the opportunity to make a difference in others’ lives, apply what I have learned in the classroom, and gain hands-on experience.