Housing Advocates Urge Members of Congress to Embrace Bold Solutions and Take Swift Action


Nonprofit developers and community advocates today urged members of New Jersey’s Congressional delegation to support the Opportunity Starts at Home agenda, a comprehensive series of policy recommendations that address our nation’s housing affordability crisis. On the letter, Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (the Network) President and Chief Executive Officer Staci Berger said:

“Last week, for the first time in history, candidates in a presidential debate offered their solutions to America’s housing affordability crisis. The national spotlight is shining on the lack of homes people can afford and 85 percent of the public believe it should be a top priority for our country. New Jerseyans know this all too well. We lead the nation in foreclosures and renters face some of the highest rents in America. As our state government has begun to turn the page on the failed policies of previous administrations that neglected affordable homes, we need national action for bold solutions now.

“Our housing affordability crisis impacts us all. Housing is essential to growing our economy, increasing safety, improving food security, meeting veterans’ needs, ending homelessness, and so much more. We’re urging members of New Jersey’s Congressional delegation to work with us to make sure Opportunity Starts at Home by co-sponsoring legislation to provide housing stability and opportunity for millions of people.”

The letter sent to Congressional members is part of the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign, an unprecedented national multi-sector campaign aimed at addressing the housing needs of the nation’s most vulnerable residents. To view the letter, visit https://tinyurl.com/OSAHnjcampaign.

About the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ
The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey is the statewide association of more than 250 community development corporations, individuals and other organizations that support the creation of affordable homes, economic opportunities, and strong communities. For more information on the Network, visit www.hcdnnj.org.

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