Reports & Resources

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HOUSING

Affordable Housing
  • State of the States - Each year, the Center for American Progress releases its “State of the States” report, which evaluates progress toward cutting poverty and increasing opportunity by tracking 15 key indicators in each state. Although these poverty rankings (which do not account for cost of living) show NJ is a positive light, it notes that NJ has high inequality and the second worst affordable housing situation in the nation. Check out the report here
  • HUD Fair Housing - New RuleMessaging Framework. 
    • HUD has released a much-anticipated new rule to implement the long-standing provision of the Fair Housing Act intended to tackle the legacy of racial segregation and concentrated poverty across our nation. The "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" (AFFH) rule provides local jurisdictions with the tools and data they need to identify and address local barriers to fair housing and equal opportunity and connect that analysis with their plans for allocating their housing and community development resources.
    • A new 9-page memo, compiled by the Opportunity Agenda and the National Fair Housing Alliance, provides messaging tips, relevant themes, and media guidance to develop local communications about this important new rule.
  • Developments in New Jersey's Municipal Affordable Housing Process - Following the March 2015 State Supreme Court decision dissolving the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) and requiring municipalities to file housing plans with the court, a new effort to lower housing obligation numbers has emerged. APN's Serena Rice explained the problem in an Op Ed published by the Star Ledger. 
  • Out of Reach 2015 is here. - The Out of Reach annual report has great national, state, and county data that illustrates just how Out of Reach housing costs are in New Jersey. The full report and fact sheets for New Jersey are available here

  • White Paper on Tiny Houses Released by Community Frameworks - A new white paper, Tiny Houses: A Permanent Supportive Housing Model, from Community Frameworks describes the organization's tiny house permanent supportive housing development model. The model focuses on the elements necessary to make this increasingly popular concept a viable option for truly permanent and affordable housing.
  • Aligning Federal Low Income Housing Programs with Housing Needs - The National Low Income Housing Coalition has released the first report from its Alignment project. The project is focused on gaining a better understanding of how existing federal housing resources are being used and to learn how those existing resources might be better aligned with the need for housing among extremely low-income households. For more on the project, click here
  • National Sign-on letter calling for an end to sequestration - The National Low Income Housing Coalition is organizing a national sign-on letter that calls on congressional leaders to end the sequestration system that is artificially restricting Non-Defense Discretionary (NDD) in the federal budget. This category includes a broad swath of important anti-poverty programs from education to affordable housing. National, State, and Local organizations are asked to sign-on. For more information, click here.
  • United for Homes Campaign - APN has endorsed this national effort to secure dedicated funding for the National Housing Trust Fund. Check out this two-page explanation of the campaign, access the organizational endorsement here, and share the Elected Officials endorsement form here.
Homelessness
  • Advocacy Toolkit on County Homelessness Trust Funds - The New Jersey Coalition to End Homelessness has created the Advocacy Toolkit on County Homelessness Trust Funds. Trust Funds provide counties with an innovative source of funding to increase self-sufficiency and help families and individuals obtain safe and stable homes. The Toolkit includes four resources: a fact sheet, a model trust fund ordinance, samples of county plans to end homelessness and endorsements from counties with Trust Funds.  
  • 2015 Data on Homelessness in New Jersey - NJ Counts 2015 annual Point-In-Time (PIT) Count of New Jersey Homeless, provides a statewide snapshot of homeless households in our communities. NJCounts 2015 found 10,211 homeless men, women and children across the state of New Jersey. This showed a decrease of 1,645 persons (13.9%) from 2014. While the decrease shows progress, the count still shows the critical need for voucher and homeless assistance funding. In Bergen County, The Record reported on June 16, 2015 that the County has seen a decrease in homelessness which is credited to the Housing First model. Click here to read more.
  • 2014 Data on Homelessness in New Jersey - Statewide data, as well as Homeless Assessment Reports for New Jersey's 16 Continuums of Care are available through Monarch Housing's analysis of 2014 data from New Jersey's Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
  • Harvard study of eviction and the lives of America’s poor - Research from Harvard Sociologist Matthew Desmond demonstrates the serious and long-term consequences of eviction for American families. A review of these findings was published in Harvard Magazine

Rental Assistance
  • Center on Budget & Policy Priorities - Newly updated fact sheets on national and state housing data have been published, giving a detailed look at federal rental assistance programs and the Housing Choice Voucher program. The data show that severe housing affordability problems have worsened across the country since before the Great Recession.
  • Increasing Rent Assistance Could Lift 2.3 Million Children Out of Poverty - This is a memo from the National Low Income Housing Coalition about the implications of the Ending Child Poverty Now report for affordable housing investments. The full text is available here.
Seniors 
    • Toolkit on Housing and Seniors: The number of senior households paying unaffordable rent has outpaced the growth in the overall senior population during the past decade. Make Room has created an Affordability for Seniors Awareness Toolkit that can be found here
    Hunger
    • More than 1 in 7 Americans in Food Insecure Households in 2014More than 48.1 million Americans lived in households that were struggling against hunger in 2014, according to data on food insecurity released on 09/09/15 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Economic Research Service. The 2014 numbers were a slight decline (of fewer than a million people) from 2013, with the rate declining from 15.8 to 15.4 percent.

    Child Nutrition
    SNAP
    • Potential Changes to Food Stamps Would Cut Needy Recipients The food stamp program (SNAP) was expanded to soften the impact of the recession on Americans. Nearly 15% of the U.S. population receives these benefits and over 40% of these households have at least one wage-earner. Now, House Agriculture Committee is beginning a series of hearings on SNAP; the Committee Chairman sees any potential changes as ones that would lead to a smaller program with fewer recipients. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities say that these limits could end benefits for about a million people. The number of SNAP recipients has begun to shrink as the economy recovers: from 2013 to 2014, the rolls shrank by more than a million people. Read more here.
    • New Data on Nutrition Assistance - New analysis of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) data shows that New Jersey is among the states with the lowest share of our population receiving this vital assistance, despite high cost of living. 
    • LIHEAP Clearing House - 4-page issue brief, explaining the origins and changes in the program via the 2014 Farm Bill, as well as the HHS guidance regarding state efforts to preserve Heat & Eat programs.
    • New Resource from the SNAP Working Group to explain what happened with NJ's Heat & Eat program and the consequences: Farm Bill Q &A
    • An Editorial in the Trenton Times condemns New Jersey's poor performance administering SNAP benefits.
    • Materials from the Assembly Human Services Committee hearing on SNAP 
      • NJ Spotlight article on Heat & Eat and processing problems.
      • Testimony of APN director, Serena Rice
      • Star Ledger article
    Share Your Story
    • StoryCorps, an oral history project premised on the belief that everyone has a story to tell, has launched an initiative to collect stories from those who have struggled, or are struggling, to make ends meet. Local and state organizations are invited to join StoryCorps’ innovative campaign to record and share the voices of those who are directly impacted by poverty. To learn more about sharing your story, please see the online toolkit.

      ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
      • Municipal ID Developments - The New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice has been working with advocacy and municipal partners to develop a municipal ID option for undocumented immigrants and other New Jersey residents who need legal identification. NJAIJ has posted a Q&A on their website with detailed information about the new program. Newark has instituted a Newark ID for all city residents which is an acceptable form of identification in the city for accessing services, opening a bank account, city buildings, city libraries, and more. 

      • Striking it Richer: The Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States (Updated with 2014 preliminary estimates) - University of California, Berkeley, economist Emmanuel Saez has updated his frequently cited income data and it shows that the economic recovery is not trickling down to middle-class Americans. See data on the impact of the trickle-down experiment on income growth here.

      • Child Care Assistance: A Vital Support for Working Families - A new CLASP fact sheet provides an overview of the research showing why child care assistance is so important to low-income, vulnerable families. The fact sheet also highlights the need for increased investments in these programs, as the number of children receiving the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funded child care has been on the decline and reached a 15-year low in 2013.

      • Fact of the Week: Half of New Jobs Pay Less than a Living Wage - A few weeks ago, the Fact of the Week highlighted the historically low percentage of jobless workers who are receiving unemployment insurance benefits. We noted that unemployment and underemployment remain high, despite the growth in the number of jobs in recent years. But there’s another part of this story – the types of jobs. Voices for Human Needs is a blog by the Coalition on Human Needs. Follow CHN on Twitter @CoalitiononHN and join the conversation with #VoicesforHumanNeeds. You may view the latest post here.
      • State of the States Report Card on Poverty and Inequality - A new report from the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality examines how state policies affect poverty. The 50-state comparison shows that NJ is doing a lot of the right things to address the deep economic challenges faced by people living below the poverty line, but New Jersey's high cost of living means too many are still really struggling. The report also shows that New Jersey is failing to address racial disparities.
      • The Increasingly Unequal States of America - There has been a dramatic shift in income towards the top in every state and region in the country. According to the Economic Policy Institute report entitled The Increasingly Unequal States of America, lopsided income growth is a long-term trend. See how poorly New Jersey is doing with inequality (hint: we are in the top ten).
      • New Jersey Policy Perspective Op-Ed - On January 19th, the Star Ledger published an Op-Ed by Jon Whiten, of the New Jersey Policy Perspective, which analyzes New Jersey's tax levels by income group. For more information on the Who Pays? report referenced in the Op-Ed,click here.
      • NJPP Report on the transition costs of proposed NJ state pension reforms.
      • New National AARP study provides State Rankings on Supports and Services to elders, people with disabilities, and caregivers. New Jersey ranks in the middle, and separate ranks on 26 indicators reveal areas for focused improvement.
        • Millionaire's Tax Resources:
          • APN Letter to the Editor in support of Millionaire's Tax to support an equitable budget. Versions of the letter appeared in the Star Ledger,Trenton Times, and Philadelphia Inquirer. 
          • NJPP analysis that shows millionaire's tax does not drive high-income filers out of the state. 

      Criminal Justice & Re-entry
      • Mass Incarceration - The failed War on Drugs has created a crisis of mass incarceration that has fiscal and social consequences. This powerpoint presentation, from the Drug Policy Alliance's Roseanne Scotti provides detailed data, analysis, and opportunities for action.
      • Bail Reform - Ballot Question #1 is the final step in statewide bail reform to base pre-trial detention on risk rather than resources. In addition to the fact sheets from Drug Policy Alliance available here and here, check out Craig Hirshberg's excellent OpEd in the Star Ledger.

      Education

      • School Funding Fairness National Report Card - The report compares the fairness of school funding systems across the nation. The examination of the level and distribution of school funding within each state is considered in relation to student need. New Jersey rates well, but the fairness of our funding formula is increasingly being undercut by a failure to fund the formula that this assessment is based on. This report is based on funding data from 2007 through 2012.
      • Issue brief on the intersection of poverty and education from Education, Opportunity, Hope.


      Health
      • Searchable database of Coalitions working on health-related issues - The Coalition for a Healthy NJ works to create healthier communities across New Jersey by building capacity among professionals and community members. Searchable database of state and local coalitions can be found here
      • NJPP Report on ACA Enrollment - A new report from New Jersey Policy Perspective shows the value of the Affordable Care Act for New Jersey through the economic impact of expanding enrollment in Medicaid and marketplace plans, and federal funds received so far. There is also a breakdown by county and largest cities.
      • Domestic Violence 
        • Information about the Hopeline Program, which provides safe cell phones to victims and survivors, as well as grants to partner agencies. 
        • The press kit link includes links to a mobile app, mailing label, and other resources. 
        • The #VoicesHavePower campaign promotes messages for hope and community education, while raising funds for domestic and dating violence prevention. 

      Minimum Wage & Wage Policy
      • Raising Minimum Wage Would Boost Diverse Group - A new report by New Jersey Policy Perspective shows that increasing New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021 would directly boost the pay of about 1 in 4 Garden State workers, or 975,000 men and women. The wage increase would help a diverse group of workers who currently aren’t paid enough to make ends meet, improving their chances of getting by – and, often, providing for their families – in high-cost New Jersey.
      • Childcare Out of Reach for Many Families - A new report by the Economic Policy Institute shows that many families cannot afford high-quality childcare. Childcare costs exceed rents in 80% of U.S. communities.  
      • The Agenda to Raise America’s Pay -  11 policy solutions that policymakers can and should adopt to combat and reverse the past three-and-a-half decades of wage stagnation. To learn more about EPI’s agenda to raise wages, check out The Washington Post article “Here’s the liberal plan to save the middle class.” Click here to read more about EPI’s policy solutions in The Washington Post.
      • Minimum Wage - Coverage and research on the need and support for minimum wage increases.
        • 2015 Report from the Economic Policy Institute provides detailed analysis of the proposed Raise the Wage Act of 2015, which would increase the minimum wage to $12/hour by 2020. For specific demographics of groups that would benefit from the increase on the state level, see the state tables supplement. 
        • Phenomenal new website with links to research, polling, discussions of state and local efforts to raise the wage, and more:www.raisetheminimumwage.org.
        • New survey from CareerBuilder.com shows broad business support for a minimum wage increase to at least $10/hr. 
        • Additional research is linked from Coalition on Human Needs also shows support from business and the general public for a gradual increase to $10.10.
      • New Study from New Jersey Policy Perspective detailing how New Jersey is falling behind the region in minimum wage for tipped workers, and the consequences for this vulnerable group. 
      • OpEd by APN's Serena Rice on the need for an increased federal minimum wage published in the Trenton Times. 


      Transporation
      • The NJ 4 Transit Coalition has been busy advocating to stop the fare hikes that will hurt the lowest income New Jerseyans hardest. Check out the recent Op Ed in NJ Spotlight, and keep an eye out for a sign-on letter next week.


      Workplace Leave Policies
      • APN Op-Ed - The Star Ledger published an Op-Ed by APN's Serena Rice on December 17 highlighting the need for greater economic opportunity, not just charity, to serve the needs of NJ's low-wage workers. For more information on the Earned Sick Time efforts referenced in the Op-Ed check out the information posted by the NJ Time to Care Coalition.
      • Earned Sick Days - The Time To Care Coalition and NJ Citizen Action are mobilizing efforts to support the Nov. 4 Ballot Initiative to enact Earned Sick Days in Trenton, to cover approximately 13,000 workers. Those interested in joining the effort are invited to a conference call on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 4:30pm. To RSVP for the call, click here
        • Fact Sheets related to the proposed Trenton ordinance here and here
        • OpEd by APN director on Earned Sick Days published in the Asbury Park Press.
      • new report from the National Partnership for Women and Families provides detailed answers to a variety questions frequently asked about the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. Note - For information about the New Jersey - specific Paid Family Leave policy, see the materials from the Time to Care Coalition posted under May 2014 below.
      • N.J. legislators can honor all mothers by passing statewide paid sick leave law - Guest columnist Rosa, a mother of three, wrote about her difficulties making ends meet working two jobs. For Mother's’ Day she just wanted the right to care for her children when they get sick without fear of losing her job or a day’s pay. She called on NJ legislators to pass a statewide earned sick days law.  


      Welfare & Welfare to Work
      • New Data Analysis of 'Disconnected Families' - According to Child Trends, poor families that are neither in the labor force nor participating in TANF are in a group termed as “disconnected”. Consequently these families may be at risk for a range of negative outcomes that are associated with poverty. APN aims to address the stark realities of "disconnected" families in New Jersey and advocate for policies to expand access to key education, work supports, and training services for New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents by increasing the eligibility levels in WorkFirst NJ; developing innovative training programs for other low income individuals as well, especially the long term unemployed. Child Trends has released a brief using data from the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) to provide a statistical look at the children in disconnected families nationally and by state.
      • WIOA: What Human Service Agencies and Advocates Need to Know - New brief from CLASP on WIOA (the Workforce innovation and Opportunity Act) aimed at advocates and human services agencies, to provide guidance on how to leverage these resources to help unemployed and underemployed workers.
      • new report from CLASP detailing opportunities provided by the new federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to invest in youth and low-wage workers. 
      • Supplemental Poverty Measure - New data released by Census using the Supplemental Poverty Measure shows the positive impact of key anti-poverty programs and tax credits. 

      POVERTY DATA & RESEARCH

      • Poverty Benchmarks 2015 - The Legal Services of New Jersey Poverty Research Institute has released its annual overview of New Jersey's progress against poverty. Read the full report here

      • Long-Term Consequences of Childhood Poverty - Children who have been poor for at least one year before age 18 are less likely to reach important adult milestones, such as graduating from high school, enrolling in and completing college, and having consistent employment. For example, while only 78 percent of children who have been poor complete high school, 93 percent who have never been poor do so. 

      • How Poverty Alters the Young Brain - New research reveals a strong connection between income and the surface area of several key neural regions. What they found is a strong connection between income and the surface area of brain regions related to language and executive functioning, with these variations “steepest” at the low end of the income ladder.

      • The 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book, published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, focuses on America’s children in the midst of the country's economic recovery. Using an index of 16 indicators, the report ranks states on overall child well-being and in economic well-being, education, health and family and community.  According to New Jersey Kids Count 2015, New Jersey’s black, Hispanic and mixed-race children are more likely to live in poverty, have poorer health, be involved in the state child protection and juvenile justice systems and struggle in school. 
      • Elder Economic Security Index:This great research resource on the costs faced by the elder population can be accessed here, or through the New Jersey Foundation for Aging website.  Also on the website get details on the regional forums for the White House Conference on Aging, and how you can speak out for elder economic security.

      • Race and the Criminalization of PovertyResearch and policies that focus solely on class, powell argues, overlook these disparities and ignore America's "racialized capitalist structure" that keeps communities of color in poverty for multiple generations. The author presents six evidence-based policy solutions that he contends will help reverse racialized inequality: increasing the minimum wage, expanding the EITC, building assets for working families, investing in education, making the tax code more progressive, and ending residential segregation.
      • Analysis of the recent Census data from Governing that highlights the impact of key anti-poverty programs (like tax credits, Social Security, and SNAP) in reducing poverty.
      • 2013 Census poverty data show increasing poverty in New Jersey, unlike all but 2 other states.
        • Census release on 2013 American Community Survey data
        • NJPP issue brief analyzing new poverty and income data in the context of New Jersey's economic trends.
        • Star ledger coverage of poverty data release.
      • Senior Poverty and Opportunity Profile - a new graphic & data piece released by The National Senior Citizen Law Center and the Half in Ten Campaign about vulnerability to poverty in the growing senior population.
      • A new report from LSNJ's Poverty Research Institute highlights 250%FPL as a more realistic benchmark of deprivation in the State, and provides data on the share of the state's poverty below this income level. Click here for the press release and here for press coverage focused on the high share of the population facing poverty. 
      • New report from Census on public assistance receipt by state. While New Jersey data places the state near the national average, state rates have been increasing since 2008. 
      • A new report from Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) announces findings from their survey on parental visits with New Jersey children in foster care. The release highlights key findings and state recommendations.
      • The Fourth Regional Plan of the Regional Plan Association is now available through an interactive website. The plan highlights a number of issues central to fighting poverty, including rising poverty, the flow quality of schools in high-poverty areas, and the need for more affordable housing near to work and transportation centers.


      ADVOCACY
      • StoryCorps, an oral history project premised on the belief that everyone has a story to tell, has launched an initiative to collect stories from those who have struggled, or are struggling, to make ends meet. Local and state organizations are invited to join StoryCorps’ innovative campaign to record and share the voices of those who are directly impacted by poverty. To learn more about sharing your story, please see the online toolkit.
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