Blueprint for Municipal Fair Housing Compliance

Report on Obligations Following
NJ Supreme Court COAH Decision

Blueprint for Municipal Fair Housing ComplianceThe Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (the Network) has released a guide to implementing the New Jersey Supreme Court’s March 2015 decision on fair share housing.

Developing Effective Municipal Housing Plans aims to help advocates and nonprofit community developers usher in a new era of housing planning and municipal collaboration.

Click here for the report.

“NJ’s affordability crisis is evident across our state. We see it in the foreclosure signs throughout our neighborhoods, the lines at area food pantries and families doubling up in homes to make them affordable. The Supreme Court’s recent ruling will help build more affordable homes and alleviate the crisis. This guide gives advocates and developers the information they need to engage towns in this effort.”

Said Staci Berger, president and chief executive officer of the Network.

Developing Effective Municipal Housing Plans spells out what steps municipalities must take, opportunities for public comment and influence, and judicial proceedings that may be anticipated. The guide begins with a brief history of the Mount Laurel doctrine and concludes with findings of recent research and case studies of the impacts of affordable home development.

In addition, the guide identifies compliance mechanism options as well as an update on municipal housing trust funds, which are used to fund affordable home development. The Network will continue to update its website to reflect new information and examples as the court’s move forward with this process.

“Nonprofits and municipalities achieve success when we collaborate, and that means a stronger economy for all of us. In North Jersey alone, community development corporations generated $4.2 billion for the local economy through the production of 650 developments since 1989. As result, communities had increased financial investment and expanded choices for New Jersey residents.”

Said Blair Schleicher Bravo, chief executive officer, Morris Habitat for Humanity.

Professional planners David N. Kinsey and Vito Gallo along with the Fair Share Housing Center contributed to the report. The report was funded by Together North Jersey, through a U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant.

Click here to access Developing Effective Municipal Housing Plans.