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APN Welcomes Speaker Prieto's Anti-Poverty Initiative

21 Jan 2016 2:03 PM | Anonymous

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto has announced that Assembly committees will meet in special hearings on Wednesday, January 27, to listen to testimony on poverty and how to rebuild the middle-class as part of a new initiative to address poverty in New Jersey.

Serena Rice, executive director of the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey, told New Jersey Spotlight that APN is “thrilled" with Speaker Prieto's announcement. 

“Poverty is a comprehensive problem, and it requires comprehensive solutions,” Rice said.

The following committees will meet on January 27:

  • Human Services will focus on existing and needed services necessary to help residents overcome poverty.

  • Housing and Community Development will focus on the housing problems and needs of families living in poverty.

  • Transportation will focus on New Jersey’s transportation network and how it could be used to help those in poverty and how it acts as a barrier for those in poverty.

  • Women and Children will focus on employment issues such as job training availability, pay equity and employment barriers, particularly for female heads of household and issues that impact children living in poverty.

Speaker Prieto was the 2015 Poverty Summit’s keynote speaker and listened to the panel of experience experts - New Jerseyans who struggle with homelessness, unemployment, and food insecurity. APN is excited to see him now declaring poverty to be a central priority for the new legislative session and, along with advocates from across the state, will be offering testimony on January 27.

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