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ACCESSING HELP IN NEW JERSEY


  • 211.org- When seeking local resources and assistance, 2-1-1 is a great place to start.  At 2-1-1, community resource specialists provide 24/7 assistance to help those in need access local resources and services, including crisis, emergencies & disasters, food, health, housing & utilities, human trafficking, jobs & employment, re-entry and veterans services. Call 2-1-1 to speak with a highly trained professional in your area. All calls are confidential. 
  • "NJSave" Application- NJSave is an online application to help low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities save money on Medicare premiums, prescription costs, and other living expenses.
  • "DCAid" Screening Tool- This State Department of Community Affairs screening tool will help determine eligibility for multiple NJ Assistance Programs: Rental Assistance Programs, Homelessness and Eviction Prevention programs, Home Energy Assistance Programs, and others. 

HOUSING

Affordable Housing
  • State of the Union Report - The Stanford Center for Poverty and Inequality released its fifth State of the Union report in 2018, which assesses gender inequality in 11 different domains, including employment, poverty, health, and more. Check out the report here
    • Fair Housing Settlements- Wondering what's the latest news and victories on fair housing in New Jersey? Read this article from the Fair Share Housing Center on a 2018 court ruling that recognized the severity of New Jersey' affordable housing crisis. This NJ Spotlight explainer provides some history on fair housing in NJ, outlines what exactly municipalities are obligated to do, and discusses where NJ communities actually stand.
    • Out of Reach 2018 is here - The Out of Reach annual report has great national, state, and county data that illustrates just how Out of Reach housing costs are in New Jersey. The full report and fact sheets for New Jersey are available here

    • White Paper on Tiny Houses Released by Community Frameworks - This white paper, Tiny Houses: A Permanent Supportive Housing Model, from Community Frameworks describes the organization's tiny house permanent supportive housing development model. The model focuses on the elements necessary to make this increasingly popular concept a viable option for truly permanent and affordable housing.
    • "Opportunity Starts at Home" Campaign
      • The Opportunity Starts at Home Campaign builds national support for federal programs and policies that protect and expand affordable housing. Read the campaign's National Policy Agenda and have your organization endorse the agenda.
      • Check out the fact sheets and resources of the campaign here, and tell Congress to support Affordable Homes here
    Homelessness
    • Eviction Lab- Read about Princeton University professor Matthew Desmond's eviction lab here, which demonstrates the serious and long-term consequences of eviction for American families. View an interactive map showing statistics on eviction ratings and poverty throughout the U.S. 

    • Advocacy Toolkit on County Homelessness Trust Funds - Trust Funds provide counties with an innovative source of funding to increase self-sufficiency and help families and individuals obtain safe and stable homes. The New Jersey Coalition to End Homelessness has created the Advocacy Toolkit on County Homelessness Trust Funds, which includes four resources: a fact sheet, a model trust fund ordinance, samples of county plans to end homelessness and endorsements from counties with Trust Funds. 
    • 2018 Data on Homelessness in New Jersey - Statewide and county data from the annual Point-In-Time Homelessness count are compiled in the 2018 NJCounts report from Monarch Housing Associates shows that there were 15% more unsheltered homeless and nearly 18% more chronically homeless people than the year prior in 2017. 

    Rental Assistance
    • RAD Program- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)'s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program aims to preserve public housing and make needed improvements to public housing properties.  Learn more information about the program on HUD's website


    Seniors

      • Toolkit on Housing and Seniors- The number of senior households paying unaffordable rent has outpaced the growth in the overall senior population during the past decade. Make Room has created an Affordability for Seniors Awareness Toolkit that can be found here.
      • "Living Below the Line" Report- The 2017 "Living Below the Line: Measuring Economic Insecurity Among New Jersey's Retired Seniors" report from the Department of Human Services' Division of Aging Services found that approximately 6 in 10 senior-only households in New Jersey lack sufficient annual incomes to be able to afford basic needs, and that housing and healthcare expenses are the greatest determinant of economic security for the elder population.
      • NJ Elder Economic Security Standard Index- The "Elder Economic Security Standard Index," developed by the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), reports on the minimum income required for elders to be able to afford their basic needs by geographical location. Read "The 2016 New Jersey Elder Economic Security Standard Index" here, which reports on the inadequacy of the average of Social Security benefit, despite Social Security being the only source of income for 30% of New Jersey's elder population.
      HUNGER
      • "How Hungry is America?" Report- The Food Research & Action Center released a report with data on food hardship in America from 2008 to 2017. The report found that although America has seen significant reductions in food hardship ratings since the recession, the rate rose by .6% from 2016-2017. Food hardship ratings of households with children are one-third higher than households without children. 

      Child Nutrition
      • "Food For Thought" Campaign- Read the Advocates for Children of New Jersey's 2017 Food For Thought: 7th Annual School Breakfast Report and find out more about the Breakfast After the Bell and Summer Meal Programs by visiting the campaign's website
        • Breakfast After the Bell- The Breakfast After the Bell Program is designed to improve the access that students in low-income areas have to nutritious breakfast even after the beginning of the school day has started. Read a primer on the school breakfast law here and find an advocacy toolkit for the program here.
        • Summer Meal Program- The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) allows students in low-income areas to have access to free and nutritious meals during the summertime when they are out of school. View a fact sheet for the program here and find out how to promote the program in your community with this advocacy toolkit.


      SNAP
      • New Data on Nutrition Assistance – Take a look at this Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ New Jersey Fact Sheet, detailing who benefits from SNAP in our state. 
      • LIHEAP - The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program application period has been extended until August 31, 2019, and will apply to all types of benefits. Find out more about the program here and view a list of Local Application Agencies here
      • Find a Local Food Pantry- Use this interactive map from the Community Food Bank of New Jersey to find a local food bank near you. 
      • This resource from the SNAP Working Group explains what happened with NJ's Heat & Eat program and the consequences: Farm Bill Q &A
      • Food Insecurity Among College Students
        • Effective December 2018, college students who are enrolled in career and technical programs in New Jersey and who meet SNAP income eligibility requirements will now have access to SNAP benefits. Read more here
        • The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice is a research center that focuses on systemic change in order to create better opportunities for students to obtain college degrees.  Read The Hope Center's report titled, Still Hungry and Homeless in College, published in April 2018, that found that 36% of the 43,000 college students surveyed were food insecure in the 30 days prior to taking the survey. In September 2018, The Hope Center also published the first ever national survey on college food pantries, titled, Campus Food Pantries: Insights from a National Survey.  
          • This Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) national report demonstrates how SNAP benefits are inadequate for most households and why boosting SNAP benefits is imperative. Read the report's one-page executive summary here


                ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
                • Municipal ID Developments - The New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice has been working with advocacy and municipal partners to develop a municipal ID option for undocumented immigrants and other New Jersey residents who need legal identification. NJAIJ has posted a Q&A on their website with detailed information about the new program. Newark has instituted a Newark ID for all city residents which is an acceptable form of identification in the city for accessing services, opening a bank account, city buildings, city libraries, and more. 

                • Striking it Richer: The Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States (Updated with 2014 preliminary estimates) - University of California, Berkeley, economist Emmanuel Saez has updated his frequently cited income data and it shows that the economic recovery is not trickling down to middle-class Americans. See data on the impact of the trickle-down experiment on income growth here.

                • Child Care Assistance: A Vital Support for Working Families - A new CLASP fact sheet provides an overview of the research showing why child care assistance is so important to low-income, vulnerable families. The fact sheet highlights Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program that was created to help provide low-income families with high quality child care.  This fact sheet also states the current status of the states’ implementation of the 2014 reauthorization and the 2018 increase in federal funding. To view this research, click here

                • Report on Human Needs - The Coalition on Human Needs CHN just released a new report about government funds to avoid another shutdown, bills for workers, lack of food aid to Puerto Rico and more.  Click here to see the report.  Voices for Human Needs is a blog by the Coalition on Human Needs. Follow CHN on Twitter @CoalitiononHN and join the conversation with #VoicesforHumanNeeds. You may view the latest post here.

                • The Increasingly Unequal States of America - There has been a dramatic shift in income towards the top in every state and region in the country. Explore the Economic Policy Institute's interactive website about income inequality in The United States of America here. See how poorly New Jersey is doing with inequality. (hint: NJ is in the top 10!)
                • More balanced tax code needed in NJ  - In May, 2018, New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) published an article about how proposed tax changes will bring more balanced tax code in NJ. You may view the article here.

                • Regressive Tax - State and local tax systems require low and middle income earners to pay more taxes than the wealthy. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy released the sixth edition of their report titled, Who Pays? To view the report, click here .
                • Research on income inequality - The Poverty Research Institute of Legal Services of New Jersey has published reports available on their website
                • NJPP Report on the transition costs of proposed NJ state pension reforms.
                • New National AARP study provides State Rankings on Supports and Services to elders, people with disabilities, and caregivers. New Jersey ranks in the middle, and separate ranks on 26 indicators reveal areas for focused improvement.

                    • NJPP analysis that shows millionaire's tax does not drive high-income filers out of the state. 
                Criminal Justice & Re-entry
                • Mass Incarceration - The failed War on Drugs has created a crisis of mass incarceration that has fiscal and social consequences. This powerpoint presentation, from the Drug Policy Alliance's Roseanne Scotti provides detailed data, analysis, and opportunities for action.
                • Criminal Justice Reform- Read about the Drug Policy Alliance’s efforts to reduce New Jersey’s prison population, crime rates and recidivism rates here, including bail reform implementation, parole reform, racial and ethnic impact statements, and asset forfeiture reform.

                Education

                • School Funding Fairness National Report Card (2018)- The report compares the fairness of school funding systems across the nation. The examination of the level and distribution of school funding within each state is considered in relation to student need.  The report found that New Jersey is one of the top three performing states on student outcomes, providing high levels of school funding and distributing more funding to high poverty districts. 
                • School Funding Summary- Provided by the Education Law Center, this New Jersey School Funding Summary, under the School Funding Reform Act (SFRA), shows that many districts across the state are not receiving the funding in which they are entitled.  

                Health

                • The New Jersey for Health Care Coalition's website is a great resource for updates on all information related to health care in New Jersey, and also provides a list with links to their partner organizations' websites.
                • New Jersey's Protection of the ACA- This NJPP report describes how New Jersey's individual market insurance premiums are far below the national average, decreasing from 18% higher than national average in 2014, to 26% lower in 2019.
                • "Targeted Public Investments Can Improve Health Across New Jersey" - This NJPP report discusses how New Jersey can lift individuals and families out of poverty by promoting health and well-being, such as making health care affordable to all, boosting the income of workers and families, and ensuring all workers have the ability to balance work and family needs.
                  • Domestic Violence 

                  Minimum Wage & Wage Policy
                  • Minimum Wage - Governor Murphy signed the bill raising minimum wage to $15 by 2024. Earning a livable wage increases quality of life, mental and physical health and provides opportunities for families. The New York Times published an article, on the impact of raising the minimum wage for workers throughout the country. 

                  • Raise the Wage Act of 2019 Fact Sheet from the Education and Labor Committee explains how raising the minimum wage will lift workers out of poverty. For many people throughout the country, working 40 hours a week at minimum wage is not enough to support and raise their families. 

                  • Another Fact Sheet from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) provides reasons why America needs to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.  EPI also published an article explaining how raising the federal minimum wage to $15 would give a boost to black workers who do not live in states that have already raised the minimum wage. 

                  • To view an article by NJPP about how the new minimum wage increases will help workers and boost New Jersey's economy, please click here.  
                  • NJ minimum wage workers share their stories of relief with the new minimum wage bill. To read the NY Times article, please click here.  

                  Transportation


                  • Expanding Access to Driver's Licenses for All-
                    • The Let's Drive NJ campaign advocates for the need to expand access to driver's licenses for all in New Jersey. Read more about the campaign on the campaign's website.
                    • Read these NJPP FAQs that explain exactly how many individuals in New Jersey currently do not have access to driver's licenses, and how expanding access to this population would increase public safety, boost the state's economy, and promote the well-being of families. 
                    • Sign the petition to support the Let's Drive NJ campaign here
                  • Strategies to Improve Transportation- Jersey Renews is a coalition dedicated to advancing New Jersey's environmental justice practices, including improved transportation. Read the coalition's policy recommendations to improve transportation in the state here

                  Workplace Leave Policies
                  • The NJ Time To Care Coalition is dedicated to ensuring that all workers in the state received paid time to care for themselves or a loved one in need. Take a look at their policy agenda here to read about their efforts in supporting Earned Sick Days, Family Leave Insurance, Fair Schedules, and Equal Pay.
                  • Earned Sick Leave is now law in New Jersey! Click here to find out what the law is, who is covered under the law, and additional information and resources in English and Spanish. Visit the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development's website for even more resources, and view their employee FAQs about the law here
                  • Family Leave Insurance Expansion has also been signed into law in New Jersey! Visit NJ Time to Care's website for resources and information regarding the FLI expansion law, including what is the law, what FLI can be used for, how much paid leave time is available, and other information in English and Spanish.
                  • Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMILY) Act- The National Partnership for Women and Families provides detailed answers to a variety of frequently asked questions about the federal Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act. View these FAQs here, and read the February 2019 letter to Congress urging them to co-sponsor and advocate for the FAMILY Act. 


                  Welfare & Welfare to Work
                  • "How States Use Funds Under the TANF Block Grant" - This February 2019 Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' research brief reveals that states only spend about half of their state and federal TANF funding on the most important areas: basic cash assistance for families in need, child care, and work activities. 
                  •  "Despite Recent Increases in Some States, TANF Cash Benefits Are Still Too Low" - This January 2019 Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' policy brief examines how TANF cash benefits do not adequately support families in need. 
                  • report from CLASP detailing opportunities provided by the new federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to invest in youth and low-wage workers.
                  • Supplemental Poverty Measure 2017 - Fairly new data released by Census using the Supplemental Poverty Measure shows the positive impact of key anti-poverty programs and tax credits. 

                  POVERTY DATA & RESEARCH

                  • 2018 ALICE Report - The new ALICE (Asset-limited, Income-constrained, Employed) data from the United Way of Northern NJ shows that 38.5% of New Jerseyans do not have incomes that provide self-sufficiency in our hight cost state. The full report, get charts/graphics, and use the interactive data map can be found here


                    Poverty Benchmarks 2015 - The Legal Services of New Jersey Poverty Research Institute has released its annual overview of New Jersey's progress against poverty. Read the full report here

                  • Calculating the Numbers of People in Poverty - This Census data table provides New Jersey poverty and other data with comparisons back to 2013. Numbers with an asterisk indicates when changes are statistically significant. 

                  • Count All Kids for the 2020 Census - 10% of children under the age of 5 were not counted in the 2010 Census. Miscounting children limits opportunities and resources available to them, their families and their communities.  Fortunately, the updated operational plan for the 2020 Census pays more attention to counting children and has made improvements to address this concern. To learn more about the 2020 Census plan for including more children, please click here.

                  • Long-Term Consequences of Childhood Poverty - Children who have been poor for at least one year before age 18 are less likely to reach important adult milestones, such as graduating from high school, enrolling in and completing college, and having consistent employment. For example, while only 78 percent of children who have been poor complete high school, 93 percent who have never been poor do so. To read Frontline's article and to view their video titled, How Poverty Can Follow Children into Adulthood, click here

                  • How Poverty Alters the Young Brain - New research reveals a strong connection between income and the surface area of several key neural regions. What they found is a strong connection between income and the surface area of brain regions related to language and executive functioning, with these variations “steepest” at the low end of the income ladder.

                  • The 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book, published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, focuses on America’s children in the midst of the country's economic recovery. Using an index of 16 indicators, the report ranks states on overall child well-being and in economic well-being, education, health and family and community. For the first time ever, Advocates for Children of New Jersey's Kids Count report titled, Babies Count, breaks down data regarding how children age 3 and under are doing and the challenges they face. 
                  • Elder Economic Security Index:This great research resource on the costs faced by the elder population can be accessed here, or through the New Jersey Foundation for Aging website.  Also on the website get details on the regional forums for the White House Conference on Aging, and how you can speak out for elder economic security.

                  • Race and the Criminalization of PovertyResearch and policies that focus solely on class, powell argues, overlook these disparities and ignore America's "racialized capitalist structure" that keeps communities of color in poverty for multiple generations. The author presents six evidence-based policy solutions that he contends will help reverse racialized inequality: increasing the minimum wage, expanding the EITC, building assets for working families, investing in education, making the tax code more progressive, and ending residential segregation. 
                  • Analysis of the recent Census data from Governing that highlights the impact of key anti-poverty programs (like tax credits, Social Security, and SNAP) in reducing poverty.
                  • 2013 Census poverty data show increasing poverty in New Jersey, unlike all but 2 other states.
                    • Census release on 2013 American Community Survey data
                    • NJPP issue brief analyzing new poverty and income data in the context of New Jersey's economic trends.
                    • Star ledger coverage of poverty data release.
                  • Senior Poverty and Opportunity Profile - a new graphic & data piece released by The National Senior Citizen Law Center and the Half in Ten Campaign about vulnerability to poverty in the growing senior population.
                  • A new report from LSNJ's Poverty Research Institute highlights 250%FPL as a more realistic benchmark of deprivation in the State, and provides data on the share of the state's poverty below this income level. Click here for the press release and here for press coverage focused on the high share of the population facing poverty. 
                  • New report from Census on public assistance receipt by state. While New Jersey data places the state near the national average, state rates have been increasing since 2008. 
                  • A new report from Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) announces findings from their survey on parental visits with New Jersey children in foster care. The release highlights key findings and state recommendations.
                  • The Fourth Regional Plan of the Regional Plan Association is now available through an interactive website. The plan highlights  number of issues central to fighting poverty, including rising poverty, the flow quality of schools in high-poverty areas, and the need for more affordable housing near to work and transportation centers.


                  ADVOCACY
                  • StoryCorps, an oral history project premised on the belief that everyone has a story to tell, has launched an initiative to collect stories from those who have struggled, or are struggling, to make ends meet. Local and state organizations are invited to join StoryCorps’ innovative campaign to record and share the voices of those who are directly impacted by poverty. To learn more about sharing your story, please see the online toolkit.
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