Some of our Children Are Hungry, and Last, So They Shall be First
A comprehensive process needs to be implemented throughout New Jersey to identify hungry children and to combat hunger directly. Hunger compounds tremendous disadvantages for children that are often already at risk. If we fail our children in this most basic way we cannot expect children to flourish. In the months to come we will pull together experts on hunger who can help craft meaningful policies that build on the good work already being done by various state and non-profit agencies.
SOME OF OUR CHILDREN ARE Homeless, AND LAST, SO THEY SHALL BE FIRST
Children need to know that they have a safe and stable place to call home. They should never fear uncertainty about where they will lay their head at night. The State Rental Assistance Program should invest in housing vouchers based firstly on the need of a child.
Vouchered Rental units should be made available in every municipality in New Jersey. Today some towns in New Jersey have effectively become too rich to welcome families with vouchers. This weakens society by creating a bigger gap and causing an even larger chasm between the life experiences of New Jerseyans of different means. State Rental Assistance Programs, under my administration, will secure that low-income families with school-aged children are placed in every town, and that once placed there, they are advocated for and supported.