On April 24, 2015, Governor Chris Christie announced a Working Group to further explore ways in which to reduce and prevent homelessness in NJ.
Given the pressing need for affordable housing in NJ and the executive branch’s failure to act, the courts are just where responsibility should lie.
Despite rising housing costs, the budget level funds housing with no dollars for the production of homes we can afford or to prevent foreclosure.
Christie isn’t picking this fight for any just cause; he simply wants towns to be able to exclude affordable housing.
On January 28, 2014, 13,900 homeless men, women and children were counted in NJ and increase of 1,898 persons, or 15.8%, compared to the 2013 count.