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APN Speaks Out On Budget Dynamics of the Emergency Assistance Crisis

24 Mar 2016 9:38 AM | Anonymous

At this week's budget hearing, APN Executive Director Serena Rice spoke about the "unprecedented crisis in housing" facing New Jersey's most vulnerable residents. Gov. Christie’s budget doesn’t fund the state’s Emergency Assistance program as much as it has in prior years, and new time limits have been established for recipients:


“The reality is, the need doesn’t go away just because you stop helping,” Rice said.


Read Rice's full testimony here and check out news coverage of her testimony here


This week, NJ Spotlight also covered the Emergency Assistance crisis:


"This crisis involves a dramatic restriction of the aid we are providing to some of our most vulnerable neighbors – those who are either temporarily or permanently unable to support themselves through work," said Serena Rice. "Specifically, this restriction applies to the loss of access to housing through the Emergency Assistance program – a loss that is making people homeless, forcing them into unstable and unsustainable situations, and in a few cases contributing to their deaths."




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