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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.

 

Nutrition

  • Maximization of benefits and administrative streamlining in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
  • Expansion of child nutrition programs, including breakfast after the bell.

 

Transportation

  • Protecting a strong public transportation infrastructure that is affordable for low-income riders.

 

Workforce Policies

  • Promoting wage adequacy through minimum wage and living wage standards.
  • Worker protections, including earned sick time and overtime enforcement.


Childcare

  • 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.

 

Welfare-to-Work system

  • 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.

 

 

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