Court Decision Paves Way for Affordable Homes Revival in NJ

Demand Outweighs State’s
Affordable Homes Supply

Staci BergerOn March 10, 2015, New Jersey residents were handed a huge victory when the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously decided that challenges to municipal affordable housing obligations can be taken to court rather than the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH).

Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (HCDNNJ) President and CEO Staci Berger wrote a blog post for Shelterforce’s Rooflines blog on the importance of this decision.

“When a subordinate is unwilling to meet their responsibilities, an employer typically lets that person go. It was no surprise COAH was given a pink slip after ignoring the Court’s numerous orders and simply shrugging its shoulders when asked for an explanation.”

“The Court’s action re-establishes a mechanism to create the affordable homes New Jersey residents need. Towns will be more apt to work with local nonprofit developers to meet obligations in a fair and responsible manner, or face legal action.”

“Limited supply leads to increased demand, which drives up costs for everyone. Hopefully, the Court’s decision will pave the way for an overdue change.”

Wrote Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (HCDNNJ) President and CEO Staci Berger in a recent Shelterforce Rooflines blog post.

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