NASW-NJ LEGISLATIVE AGENDA:
Economic and Social Justice
NASW-NJ understands how important it is to advance economic and social human rights. NASW-NJ advocates for programs that provide a strong social safety net and support economic stability, including in the areas of:.
Housing & Homelessness
- Increasing housing options that are affordable to low- and moderate-income households.
- Resources to prevent homelessness when possible, and provide opportunities for rapid rehousing.
- Maximization of benefits and administrative streamlining in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
- Expansion of child nutrition programs, including breakfast after the bell.
- Protecting a strong public transportation infrastructure that is affordable for low-income riders.
- Promoting wage adequacy through minimum wage and living wage standards.
- Worker protections, including earned sick time and overtime enforcement.
- Increasing resources for childcare assistance to allow parents to work or go to school.
- Enhancing quality and monitoring of child care providers in high poverty areas.
- Addressing the inadequacy of cash grants and disregard levels to increase the program’s safety net capacity.
- Enhance the quality work & educational activities provided.
- Access to quality specialized services (substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, child care, and preventive services)
- Program management, including responsiveness, timeliness, and IT support.