Protect State’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund and Implement Local Solutions
In her November 11, 2012 letter to the Asbury Park Press, Joan Finn of Wareton calls upon both Governor Chris Christie and the Ocean County freeholders to use the post-Sandy recovery and rebuilding as an opportune to address and correct “wretched housing policies.”
She urges the Governor to reverse his plan to “move all the state’s Affordable Housing Trust Funds into the general state budget.” The Trust Fund has the potential to help create the affordable housing that is now needed more than ever.
And she asks the Ocean County freeholders to address the need for affordable housing, shelters, and rapid re-housing for Ocean County’s homeless population.
Nor can the governor’s presence at the scenes of destroyed homes take the place of his efforts to exclude wealthy municipalities from their responsibility to build a required number of low- to moderate-income housing in their towns; choosing, rather, to palm off such needed housing to other towns in his attempt to reject the state’s Mount Laurel decision.
Now we are faced with the reality of much needed housing. Not only the governor, but our Ocean County freeholders bear some of the responsibility, as they have heretofore refused to address the need for affordable housing, shelters and rapid rehousing for the growing homeless population in Ocean County.
Time after time, they have refused to establish a county homeless trust fund for the acquisition, construction or rehabilitation of housing and for rental assistance vouchers.