TRENTON, NJ - The Stafford and LBI representatives in NJ government are working for the good of all citizens. This piece of legislation is significant because it supports veterans in our area and throughout the state.
Veterans’ legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that will expand housing opportunities for veterans has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
The 9th District Delegation’s veterans’ initiative, S-260/A-452/A-984, will require that a portion of the tenant-based rental assistance vouchers under the State rental assistance program (SRAP) for grants be reserved for veterans. The provisions of the new law will take effect immediately.
Following the signing of their legislation, Connors, Rumpf and Gove issued the following joint statement:
“For those veterans falling on hard times and in need of housing that they can afford, we are elated that the State’s rental assistance program will now prioritize their needs. From the outset, we sought to build upon the state’s existing veterans’ housing programs, such as ‘Veterans Haven,’ to provide additional housing opportunities for those who have served our nation.
“Previously, the law reserved a portion of funding under the State’s rental assistance program only for veterans who have completed certain transitional housing programs. With the enactment of our legislation, the law will now reserve a portion of funds for tenant based rental vouchers for all other veterans.
“As members of our Delegation serve on the Senate and Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committees, we are proud that this was a bipartisan effort undertaken to better serve our veterans and their families.”
As part of their continuing efforts to advocate on behalf of veterans, members of the 9th District Delegation served on the South Jersey Veterans’ Hospital Task Force. Additionally, Assemblywoman Gove was selected to serve as a member of a task force that studied how veterans diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are treated in judicial proceedings.