NEW JERSEY – The COVID pandemic’s continuing toll on New Jersey’s economy has resulted in disconcerting increases in the number of homeless and reported domestic violence incidents. In response to the growing crisis, Senator Anthony M. Bucco has introduced a resolution to help find temporary housing for displaced individuals and families.
Bucco’s resolution (SCR-140) urges the United States Secretary for Housing and Urban Development to prioritize transitional housing for homeless individuals and families, including survivors of domestic violence.
“Thousands of New Jerseyans are losing their homes through no fault of their own. They are collateral damage from the pandemic and lockdown, and they need help,” Bucco (R-25) said. “One of the best ways we can help these families get back on their feet is through the federal government’s transitional housing programs. With cooperation between Trenton and Washington, we can provide pandemic victims with desperately required assistance and help restore hope for their futures.”
Transitional housing programs allow homeless households, including those who have fled abusive relationship, up to 24 months of safe housing and support services, including financial education, life skills training, counseling, employment support, and housing assistance.
“The pandemic has disrupted life for everyone. Unemployment, under-employment and uncertainty have crippled many residents financially,” Bucco said. “Families were blindsided by recent events and they are going to need time to rebuild their lives as they seek job opportunities, try to catch up on bills, and work to restore their credit before beginning the search for permanent housing. This is where transitional housing options and resources can be invaluable.”
Bucco’s resolution also calls for prioritizing housing opportunities for domestic violence victims who often face physical and mental health issues stemming from their abuse, and financial barriers that prevent them from obtaining adequate housing. Transitional support can be especially important in helping victims obtain and maintain permanent affordable housing.