Kate Kelly from Monarch Housing Associates spoke with APN about their work:
What does the organization do?
Our mission is to expand the supply, accessibility, and variety of affordable, permanent supportive housing through development, planning, advocacy, and partnerships.
Who does the organization help?
We operate three mission driven programs that help us fulfill our vision that every person will have quality affordable, permanent housing that fosters freedom, independence and community integration. We have a team that works to end homelessness and a housing production team that consults in the creation of affordable and supportive housing. In addition, Monarch advocates for public policies and increased funding to end homelessness and create affordable housing.
What does poverty look like in the agency’s work?
We coordinate the annual NJ Counts, which is a count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the state of New Jersey. In 2015 NJ Counts found that there were 10,211 homeless men, women, and children across the state of New Jersey.
In New Jersey, 36% of households are renters and 26% of renters have extremely low incomes. The National Low Income Housing Coalition calculates that in New Jersey, a household must earn $25.17/hour to afford a two bedroom apartment and not pay more than a third of their income on rent and utilities. This exceeds by far the state minimum wage of $8.38.
Why is Monarch Housing Associates a part of APN?
Monarch is proud to be part of the network and a partner in ending poverty. The homeless are some of the poorest and most vulnerable individuals and families in New Jersey. Housing is one of our most basic needs and we know that helping people meet their basics needs is important to APN.