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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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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…
REPORT: 6 Months Later: Still Essential, Still Excluded
September 14, 2020 – This study seeks to quantify the economic loss experienced by immigrant New Jerseyans and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their wellbeing during the first six months of…
REPORT: Legal Representation Keeps Families Together and Strengthens Public Health
July 2020 – This report describes the DDDI’s first year, between November 2018 and October 2019.
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