Advocacy to Build Homes and End Homelessness
Monarch Housing Associates focuses its public policy work on a variety of issues on the state and federal level. Monarch partners with the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH), the National Low Income Housing Coalition and Housing (NLIHC) and Housing and Community Development Network (Network).
Monarch takes their lead on public policy work with our congressional delegation throughout the year on key issues and federal funding.
In 2016, Network and Monarch Housing, 24 organizations and the Aldrich Foundation supported NJ Hill Day. On July 19, 2017, more than 34 organizations have joined together for the 2nd Annual Congressional Reception.
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Monarch mobilizes our partners in NJ around these issues which include, but are not limited to:
- Funding for homeless programs;
- Funding for supportive housing;
- COAH and state housing programs;
- Funding for the National Housing Trust Fund.
Although these are on-going initiatives, Monarch has been instrumental in securing increases in funding, new funding e.g. CDBG-DR, and developed a relationship with state and federal legislators and their staffs. Monarch does this by taking a leadership role with the following key partners:
- National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) state advocacy captain for lobby day;
- National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) lobby day; and
- Housing and Community Development Network (Network) state lobby day.
Monarch has so participated in or led ad hoc efforts in the follow areas:
- Establishment and funding of the County Homeless Trust Funds.
- Replenishment the supportive housing trust fund;
- Preventing COAH from recapturing municipal trust funds;
- Advocating for the National Housing Trust Fund; and
- Allocating CDBG-DR funding for supportive housing.
Monarch’s website provides an ongoing update of public policy issues and accomplishments. Building on our success and leadership role to date, Monarch has opportunities to both continue and expand its public policy efforts. For example, Monarch recently co-hosted, with the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, a webinar for New Jersey partners interested in learning more about the next steps in Federal Advocacy.
To read more about the work of the Public Policy Team click on the links below:
Call Kate Kelly at 908-272-5363 ext. 226