SENATE COMMUNITY AND URBAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
ASSEMBLY, No. 2098
with committee amendments
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
DATED: OCTOBER 13, 2016
The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee reports favorably and with committee amendments Assembly Bill No. 2098 (1R).
As amended, this bill would require the Commissioner of Community Affairs to establish and operate a project-based voucher pilot program under the federal Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program for veterans and their families who are confronting homelessness or are residing in unsafe housing. The Section 8 Housing Voucher Program assists in making safe and quality housing in the private rental market affordable to low, and very low-income households by reducing housing costs through direct rent subsidy payments to landlords. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The bill would require the Commissioner of Community Affairs to annually allocate to the pilot program at least 1.5 percent of the unencumbered amount the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides to the State Department of Community Affairs’ Housing Choice Voucher Program for five years.
According to the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, New Jersey has among its homeless population an estimated 7,000 to 8,000 veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Our nation and our State, grateful for its hard won freedom and democracy, owes a special debt to veterans. That there are so many falling through the gaps in our society is a call to action. This bill is intended to help restore dignity and purpose to those who so unselfishly laid their lives on the line for our country.
The amendments make a technical correction to the bill.