Sends Clear Message Around Cuts to Homelessness Assistance and Affordable Housing and Flat Funding Rental Assistance
- Homeless assistance funds proposed to be cut by $4 million. The proposed cuts to homeless assistance come at a time when there is an increase of more than 5 percent in the cost of maintaining programs’ existing capacity. New Jersey’s Continuums of Care rely on this services and housing funding to continue their strategic work and employ best practices to end homelessness in their communities. Recently, the communities served by New Jersey’s sixteen Continuums of Care (CoC) received $46,031,871 in mostly renewal and some new funding.
- Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (which funds Housing Choice Vouchers) proposed to be decreased by 2.2%. In New Jersey, 315,700 people in 162,000 New Jersey households use federal rental assistance to afford modest housing. If voucher funding is not fully renewed or even cut by a small amount, New Jersey households relying on vouchers to afford their own homes would face a risk of homelessness at a time when rents in in the state are rising;
- Changes and cuts to Medicaid that would make it more difficult for low-income people to get health care, including mental health treatment and addiction treatment. New Jersey’s Medicaid program serves almost two million people. Without affordable health care, more and more low-income households would be required to make the difficult choices of paying rent, buying food or seeking medical care.
- Eliminating the national Housing Trust Fund which has already created new affordable homes in New Jersey. In 2019, New Jersey received almost $7 Million from Housing Trust Fund in allocations.
- Significant proposed cuts to public housing funding which would exacerbate homelessness in our state. Public housing provides affordable housing to families in New Jersey who would otherwise be at risk of homelessness.