Downey and Houghtaling Bill to Help Homeless and Disabled Veterans Procure Affordable Housing Now Law

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Legislation sponsored by Monmouth County Assembly Members Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling to establish an affordable housing occupancy preference for homeless and disabled veterans in New Jersey was signed into law on Friday.

“We have a moral obligation take care of those who stepped forward to take care of us,” said Downey (D-Monmouth). “Veterans deserve better than a life on the streets. Setting up an affordable housing preference for veterans who are homeless or disabled helps to ensure that former service men and women who are struggling financially are able to secure a cost-effective place to live.”

The new law (formerly A-2199) establishes a veterans’ preference for affordable housing in housing projects that are either operated by a housing authority, financed by a county improvement authority or are part of a redevelopment project. Under the law, the Commissioner of Community Affairs will adopt rules and regulations to establish the standards for the veterans’ preference.

“The idea that someone could put their life on the line for our country but have no roof over their head when they return home is simply unacceptable,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth), “This law will help provide a path to permanent housing for veterans who need it the most.”

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