Murphy Signs Bill Keeping People Home for the Holidays

Emergency Assistance benefits to reach more residents in need


New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed into law legislation that extends Emergency Assistance to people who are caretakers of disabled dependents, permanently disabled, over 60 or who are chronically unemployable. Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (the Network) President and CEO Staci Berger issued the following statement on the bill’s passage:

“Thank you to Governor Murphy for signing this bill and to the sponsors Sen. Sweeney and Asw. Vainieri Huttle for their leadership and efforts to protect our most vulnerable residents. Emergency Assistance makes all the difference for people struggling to keep a roof over their head. This will bring a welcome relief to so many who are facing homelessness, it’s a wonderful gift just in time for the holidays.”

The governor previously issued a conditional veto of the bill to end the extension of benefits after five years and urged the Legislature to develop a permanent solution during that time. A companion bill that allows residents to continue to receive Emergency Assistance after expiration of benefits has passed the Senate and awaits consideration before the General Assembly.

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