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62 Organizations signed-on to call to use our affordable housing resources

The Anti-Poverty Network, the Housing & Community Development Network, and other anti-poverty partners collected 61 organizational sign-ons for a common sense step the state can take to address the need for affordable housing. In these tight budget times, we need to use all the resources available and there is a large pot of money designated for affordable housing at the municipal level. This money has already been collected in municipal Affordable Housing Trust Funds. It cannot be used, however, until COAH releases it. COAH took a first step in August to release $14 million. We are asking Commissioner Constable to convene COAH regularly, starting in October, to approve more plans and ensure that this important resource can be used. For the text of the letter and list or signatories, click here. (We missed a few folks, so an updated sign-on list is here.)

While the letter is sent, you can still be part of getting out the word. Please tweet, 

share on Facebook, and otherwise disseminate the letter. There is broad support for this step and the more evidence of that, the more likely we will be heard.

NJ One of only three states with higher poverty in 2013.

New Census data from the 2013 American Community Survey gives disturbing evidence that New Jersey is continuing to fall behind in the nation's economic recovery, particularly when it comes to the poorest New Jerseyans. The state's poverty rate in 2013 rose to 11.4%, up from 10.8% in 2012 and 9.4% in 2009 (the beginning of the national recovery). Child poverty also rose more than a full percentage point to 16.4%, with 21,707 more children living in poverty in 2013 compared to the year before. 

For a brief but detailed look at the new data, see the issue brief from New Jersey Policy Perspective. See also press coverage of the new data. 

The broad reach of poverty is making news

A new report from the Poverty Research Institute of Legal Services of New Jersey has drawn attention to the large share of New Jersey's population facing real poverty. By comparing census data to the market-cost budgets published in the 2013 Real Cost of Living study, the report finds that nearly one third of New Jersey residents face deprivation. The report also examines variations between official poverty levels and real poverty for a variety of vulnerable demographic groups, with alarming results. 

The findings have received significant media attention ( see here), and are available on the PRI website for advocates to use in their efforts to generate attention and resources to fight poverty. 

Upcoming events

12 Nov 2014 10:00 AM • NJEA, 180 West State Street, Trenton, NJ
12 Nov 2014 12:30 PM • Housing & Community Development Network, 145 West Hanover Street, Trenton
04 Dec 2014 8:30 AM • Crowne Plaza Monroe

The APN thanks the Fund for New Jersey for its substantial support of our efforts to advance the cause of eradicating poverty in the state. 

Annual APN Poverty Summit December 4. 

Registration now open

See flier for details.

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