TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would expand housing opportunities for veterans was approved by the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.
The 9th District Delegation’s legislation, S-260, 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.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove issued the following joint statement regarding the advancement of its veterans’ initiative:
“Creating more housing opportunities for our veterans is a critically important issue for our state to address, especially when considering the overall high costs of living in New Jersey."
“According to the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs, there are an estimated 2,000 veterans who are part of New Jersey's homeless population. While the state operates effective programs, such as ‘Veterans Haven,’ more can and should be done for our veterans in light of their service to our nation."
“By reserving a portion of tenant vouchers through the State Rental Assistance Program, we can build upon existing state programs established for our veterans. Furthermore, our legislation would afford veterans greater freedom to choose where they wish to reside in this form of housing.
“In addition to having bipartisan support, we are pleased that this veterans’ initiative has finally gained traction in the Assembly. Certainly, we are hopeful that there will be an Assembly floor vote in the near future to put this legislation on the path of being enacted.”
The companion measure, A-452/A-984, which Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove are prime sponsors on, was also released by the Committee.
Members of the 9th District Delegation serve on the Senate and Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committees.