Exercising Your Right to Vote Can Ensure that Housing is a Right

Celebrate National Voter Registration Day and Ensure You Are #VoteReady for All Upcoming Elections

On July 24, 2019, Monarch Housing Associates along with 37 partner organizations and over 350 constituents from all over New Jersey traveled to A Congressional Reception in Washington, D.C.  The Congressional Reception gave us an opportunity to emphasize to our elected officials that ‘Housing is a Right.’  Supporting the Opportunity Starts at Home Campaign, organized by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, New Jerseyans highlighted that homes which are affordable to all are the foundation for healthy individuals and healthy communities.

The Congressional Reception provided our elected officials in Washington and their staff with the opportunity to hear first-hand from individuals impacted by homelessness and the other New Jerseyans who joined them in D.C.!  Impact speakers put a face on the policy priorities that the Congressional Reception asks our elected officials in Washington to support and they also can vote. 

Voting for our elected officials at the national, state and municipal levels is a right that we should all make sure to regularly exercise.  #NationalVoterRegistrationDay, Tuesday, September 24, 2019, is less than a month away.  You can help new and existing voters be #VoteReady this November by becoming part of this national, nonpartisan day.  #NationalVoterRegistrationDay is set aside as a “holiday” to register as many voters as possible. Election day is on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 and the deadline to register to vote in New Jersey is Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

While this year’s election is not a national or congressional election, voters in New Jersey will have the opportunity to vote for the elected officials that represent them in the New Jersey State House and in some local municipalities, municipal government elected officials.

There may not be events to the scale of the Congressional Reception happening this fall in your community, but you can still have an impact on state and municipal elected officials.  Registering to vote in state and municipal elections and scheduling a meeting with your elected state and municipals officials or invite them to visit one of your sights is a great way to remind them that “Housing is a Right.”

Other important messages that are always important to share with elected officials at every level of government are: “housing is health care” and that “housing creates healthy communities.” We can remind our elected officials at the state and municipal level that our policy priorities that will ensure that Opportunity Starts at Home are around Housing & Services, Medicaid, Affordable Homes, Fair Housing and Housing Development.  (While the Congressional Reception Policy Priorities specifically address what can be done at the federal level, the key themes can be shared with any level of government.)

The state and local elections in New Jeresey this November will have a direct impact on the lives of people impacted by homelessness. September 24, 2019 is alsthe last National Voter Registration Day before the 2020 Primaries begin.  And as many of you already know, we will be electing a new president in 2020.

Being voter ready for the upcoming November 5, 2019 election, the 2020 Primaries and November 2020 election means ensuring that everyone who wants to vote is currently registered to vote or has updated an existing voter registration with any pertinent information such as a change in address.  Double-checking that you and the people you serve in your agencies are voter-ready is important, especially if you are a new voter or have moved, changed your name or turned 18,  since the last primary or election, that you also know where your polling palce is.

Click here to learn more about joining #NationalVoterRegistrationDay, how to conduct a voter registration drive and more!