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Take Action to Reduce Deep Childhood Poverty in New Jersey

01 Jun 2016 2:32 PM | Anonymous

Please join us in asking Senate President Sweeney and Governor Christie to help reduce childhood poverty in our state by supporting a long overdue and necessary increase to the amount of assistance some of New Jersey’s poorest families receive through WorkFirst NJ (WFNJ).

There has not been any cost-of-living increases in WFNJ assistance in nearly 3 decades. A family of three only receives a maximum of $424 a month today, which was the same amount 29 years ago.  

Legislative bills A-30/S-1829 would increase assistance by 30% over three years and mandate cost-of-living increases each year thereafter. Providing a sufficient amount of assistance will help New Jersey families climb the ladder of self-sufficiency and economic opportunity.

Since eligibility is based on this assistance, far fewer poor children are eligible for any help.  Whereas in the past most poor children received help from WFNJ, today eight out of ten children do not received any assistance. Unless something is done soon, WFNJ will cease to be a viable safety net for children.

Please join us in taking action to make sure these critical bills become law:

  1. Email Elizabeth at elizabeth@antipovertynetwork.org to sign on-to this letter supporting A-30/S-1829. The letter is open to organizational and individual signatories. Please specify if you are signing on as an organization or individual.

  2. Call or email Governor Christie and Senate President Sweeney to ask them to help New Jersey’s poorest children by supporting A-30/S-1829, and ask them to make sure that the New Jersey state budget for FY 2017 includes a ten percent increase.

  3. Post this Action Alert to Facebook and Twitter.

With your help, we can reduce deep childhood poverty in New Jersey.

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