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LASHAUNDA CARTER WILL REPRESENT SANCTUARY FOUNDATION FOR VETERANS AS A SPEAKER ON HOMELESSNESS AT THE CONGRESSIONAL RECEPTION IN WASHINGTON DC (SEE THE ARTICLE ON THE RECEPTION AND THE BLOG FEATURING LASHAUNDA BELOW)

by Jillian Lapidus July 18, 2019 0

posted in End Homelessness, Nonprofit, Public Policy, Supportive Housing

Congressional Reception Impact Speakers Prepare for July 24th

Speakers Feel Excited and Prepared to Advocate that Opportunity Starts at Home on July 24

With less than a week left until the 2019 Congressional Reception, Monarch Housing Associates, our sponsoring organizations and especially our impact speakers, are ready! The impact speakers are working hard to ensure they effectively advocate for various housing programs. Our impact speakers met at Rutgers New Brunswick on Friday, July 12 to prepare their speeches.

The Congressional Reception will take place in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building (please note that is a room change for the event.)

This year, we have a total of 14 impact speakers sharing their personal experience with homelessness in New Jersey. There will be one speaker from each of the twelve congressional districts, along with a statewide speaker for each Senator.

Impact speakers are a crucial part of the Congressional Reception and provide the opportunity for elected officials to fully understand the negative effects of not having a safe, accessible and affordable home.

Thank you to all of our amazing impact speakers in helping to let elected officials know that Opportunity Starts at Home. This event would not be possible without them.

Below is a list of all of our speakers. Please read their stories by clicking on their names.

  • District 1: Miguel Rodriguez

  • District 2: Lauren Segers

  • District 3: Michelle Griffith

  • District 4: Robert Heddin

  • District 5: Ivan Wei

  • District 6: Rosemary Ebron

  • District 7: Crystal

  • District 8: Franklin Kelly

  • District 9: Steve

  • District 10: Jennifer Smith

  • District 11: Amy Fennimore

  • District 12: David Symons

  • Statewide LaShaunda Carter & Susan Biegen

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LASHAUNDA CARTER IS FEATURED IN MONARCH’S BLOG ON HER EXPERIENCE WITH HOMELESSNESS.

Elected Officials Must Increase Funding for Affordable Housing Development

LaShaunda Shares Her Experience with Homelessness and Her Mission to Help Others

Like too many Americans, LaShaunda Carter has experienced homelessness. Along with 13 others, she will share her story with elected officials and housing advocates at the 2019 Congressional Reception in Washington, DC.  

Registration for the Congressional Reception, which will be held on July 24, has closed but we will report on the speakers and the event on our blog.  If you have registered for the Congressional Reception, please note that the location fo the event has changed to the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building.

Specifically, LaShaunda will discuss the necessity of funding housing development programs like the National Housing Trust Fund and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits.

LaShaunda lives in Lawnside, New Jersey.  She will be addressing US Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and is a constituent of US Representative Donald Norcross (D-NJ-1).

Poverty has plagued LaShaunda’s city of Camden, where she was born and raised. Her experience with homelessness began after she went through a divorce. As a result of the divorce, she was unable to pay the same mortgage payments. It was hard for LaShaunda to ask for help, and since she kept her job, she didn’t qualify for certain housing assistance. During this time, her credit suffered, making it even harder to find a home.

The sale of her house only gave LaShaunda enough to satisfy the mortgage obligations, so she walked away with virtually nothing. Without a home, she had to move into her grandmother’s home, before moving to Delaware because New Jersey was so expensive. Had it not been for her grandmother, LaShaunda would have had to live in her car.

After living in Delaware for two years, LaShaunda and her son were able to afford a market-rate apartment back in New Jersey.

Increased funding for housing development is required to ensure that, as new housing is constantly built, there is a fair amount of affordable housing for low-income people. Elected officials must support the proposed expansions of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program and National Housing Trust Fund. These programs are incredibly effective in ensuring there is enough affordable housing development, so they must be adequately funded. To learn more about the need to Expand Housing Development Programs, see the 2019 Federal Policy Priorities.

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SANCTUARY FOUNDATION FOR VETERANS RECEIVES GRANT FROM INVESTORS BANK

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2018

CONTACT
LaShaunda Carter, CEO
Sanctuary Foundation for Veterans
(609) 589-7942, service@sanctuaryfoundation4vets.com

Sanctuary Foundation for Veterans receives grant from Investors Foundation to assist homeless or displaced veterans and their families.

Sanctuary Foundation for Veterans recently received a $1,000 grant from Investors Foundation at 429 JF Kennedy Way, Willingboro, NJ 08046. The grant will help further Sanctuary Foundation for Veteran’s mission of servicing our veterans and their families by providing housing and other services.

“Our goal is to give the best of the best to all Veterans and their families because they are the best”.  We transition the Veteran’s to independent living socially and financially by providing not only housing but services such as employment, training, advocacy, and mental health.  Our services can be found on our website at: www.sancuaryfoundation4vets.com.

About Investors Bank

Investors Bank, headquartered in Short Hills, New Jersey, is a full-service community bank that has been serving customers since 1926. With over $25 billion in assets and a network of more than 150 retail branches, Investors Bank delivers personalized services and products tailored to the needs of its customers. Investors Bank’s services include complete deposit, loan and cash management products for consumers and businesses. Investors Bank. Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.

 About the Investors Foundation

Investors Bank created the Investors Foundation in 2005 to support the communities Investors Bank serves. Investors Foundation supports initiatives in the arts, youth development, health and human services, education and affordable housing.  Investors Foundation works to improve the lives of its customers and neighbors.

 For more information, please visit https://www.myinvestorsbank.com/Community/Investors-Foundation

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