On December 3, 2013 APN convened its annual Anti-Poverty Summit to address address rising levels of poverty in the state and issue a “Call to Invest in the People of New Jersey.” The attendees included a diverse group of community leaders, state and local policymakers, advocacy organizations, educators and faith-based groups to discuss ways to address the most critical issues affecting economic insecurity in our state: housing, hunger, healthcare and economic empowerment. The ultimate goal of the Summit was to lay the groundwork for a partnership with state officials and leaders in business, education and community development to develop strategies to ensure a safe, productive and stable future for New Jersey residents.
Presenters engaged participants in dynamic presentations on the current state of hunger, housing, healthcare and economic empowerment in NJ. Participants also had an opportunity to discuss these concerns and make plans to advocate for the reduction of poverty. At the conclusion of the event, Assemblywoman Gabriel Mosquera (D4) shared her thoughts on how we can, together, continue to improve the lives of very low and low income individuals and families in our state.