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Percentage of immigrant families in New Jersey unable to pay for basic food, medicine or bills during the pandemic.
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MRNJ’s 2020 surveys of 225 immigrant families found that more than 80% were unable to pay for basic food, medicine or bills during the pandemic and more than one-quarter owed more than 4 months of rent. At the same time, the state’s billionaires are wealthier now than in March 2020and major corporations like Amazon have grown significantly in the Garden State while failing to provide health care for its workforce.

Read Make the Road New Jersey’s 2021 Respect and Dignity Platform for our members’ comprehensive agenda for how local, state and federal government can build a resilient recovery from the pandemic. 

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After a survey by Make the Road youth found that more than 85% of EPS students wanted to go to college, but over 60% reported inadequate access to counseling and information about college. MRNJ sought to close this gap and, using as a starting point a model observed in Philadelphia, MRNJ designed the Student Success Center (SSC) to utilize the expertise of community based organizations and the power of youth leadership.

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Report: Housing Insecurity in Elizabeth, Passaic and Perth Amboy, NJ
New Jersey faces an affordable housing crisis that has reached unprecedented levels. The crisis predates COVID-19, but its severity and size have only been exacerbated by the pandemic’s impact on the state’s economy…
Report: Good Jobs Clean Air
Over the past decade, Amazon has grown to be the second largest employer in the United States and now boasts over 1.6 million workers across all its operations. The COVID-19 pandemic has only…
Make the Road New Jersey Respect and Dignity Platform
February 2021 – To put immigrant and working-class people of color on track to thrive and to rebuild a stronger Garden State where everyone can put down roots and succeed, Make the Road…
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