Addressing the 28% of Households In Morris County Who Can’t Afford a Home
In a February 23, 2012 blog post, “Moving Past Them; Moving Towards Us”, writer and journalist Michael Stephen Daigle writes about the discriminatory practices around affordable housing and a local group and its leadership that are part of the solution.
Quoting from the post:
In New Jersey, as in other states, court cases banned the practice of exclusionary zoning, which created distinct classes of residents , and at the same time created government bureaucracies that made a complete hash of the laws and created more opportunities for bad zoning than existed before the lawsuits.
And he draws on the findings from a recent study from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) which reports that there is a chronic shortage of housing for lower income Americans. In 2010, for every 100 extremely low income households, there were only 56 units that they could rent without spending more than 30% of their income on rent and utilities.
Quoting Diagle again:
But it’s not just low income families who struggle with housing. In Morris County, NJ, the fourth or fifth richest place in the world, nearly 28 percent of households struggle with housing costs.
He goes on to both applaud and cite the work of the Morris County Housing Alliance which has helped create many new units of affordable housing across the county.