Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove that would expand housing opportunities for veterans has been passed by the New Jersey Senate.
The delegation’s legislation, S-260, would reserve a portion of the tenant-based rental assistance vouchers under the State rental assistance program (SRAP) for grants to veterans. In the 2014-2015 Legislative Session, the legislation passed the Senate unanimously. Despite that level of strong support, the legislation was never considered in the Assembly.
The Senate passed our veterans’ housing legislative initiative today. https://t.co/2wcNHuDGGk
— Connors, Rumpf, Gove (@9thDistrictNJ) May 9, 2016
The delegation made the following remarks regarding the passage of its veterans’ initiative:
“As members of our delegation serve on both the Senate and Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committees, we fully recognize that housing continues to be among the most pressing issues for our veterans.
“Reserving a portion of tenant vouchers through the State Rental Assistance Program for veterans would augment existing State-administered programs, such as the Veterans Transitional Housing Program known as ‘Veterans Haven.’ Equally important, our legislation would afford veterans greater freedom to choose where they wish to reside in this form of housing.
“In addition to passing the Senate by an overwhelming margin, for the second consecutive legislative session, our legislative initiative also enjoys bipartisan sponsorship. Veterans in need of housing options that are more affordable would be better served by the modifications to the State Rental Assistance Program proposed under our legislation. It’s time for the Assembly to act on this needed veterans’ initiative.”
Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove are sponsoring identical legislation (A-984) in the Assembly, which is awaiting consideration by Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.
Assemblywoman Gove is currently serving on the task force established to examine how veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder are treated in judicial proceedings.