TRENTON, NJ -The State Assembly overwhelmingly passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would expand housing opportunities for veterans. 

The 9th District Delegation’s veterans’ initiative, S-260/A-452/A-984, would reserve a portion of the tenant-based rental assistance vouchers under the State rental assistance program (SRAP) for grants to veterans.  The legislation passed the Senate unanimously in May of last year. 

Following the successful Assembly floor vote of their legislation, Connors, Rumpf and Gove issued the following joint statement: 

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“In light of veterans’ service to our country, it is incumbent upon the state to expand housing opportunities for those brave individuals struggling with New Jersey’s high cost of living.  Importantly, this is an issue that crosses party lines as demonstrated by the bipartisan support our legislation has gained since being introduced in 2008.

“Our approach to address this issue is to expand on the state’s existing veterans’ housing programs, such as ‘Veterans Haven, by reserving a portion of tenant vouchers through the State Rental Assistance Program for veterans.  We believe this approach would be particularly appealing to veterans as our legislation would afford veterans greater freedom to choose where they wish to reside in this form of housing. 

“Having passed both Houses of the Legislature, we are very hopeful the Governor signs this legislation with all deliberate speed in an effort to bolster state services for our veterans.” 

Members of the 9th District Delegation serve on the Senate and Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committees.