Published: Jan. 19, 2024
Written by: Mark Koosau | The Jersey Journal
Carol Saint-Hilaire, the executive director of The Waterfront Project, a nonprofit that helps tenants, can speak from personal experience of the program’s benefits.
With a father disabled from an accident and a mom who only worked odd jobs because of her limited English skills, she grew up in North Bergen on Section 8, the government-run program that provides rent subsidies for low-to-moderate income individuals seeking housing in the private market.
“(Section 8) has a huge impact on the community. It prevents homelessness, it preserves affordable housing, it promotes neighborhood stability,” said Saint-Hilaire, who added that it also provide a pathway to economic stability.