More Can and Should Be Done to
Solve Housing Crisis
On April 4, 2016, Gail Levinson, Executive Director of the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey (SHA) wrote a NJSpotlight op-ed piece “Finding Homes for the Disabled and Poor in all of Our Communities.”
She also appeared on NJTV on April 14, 2016.
The op-ed and the NJTV interview announced the release of “Journey to Community Housing: A Road Map for Individuals and Their Families in New Jersey.”
This housing guide was designed specifically for individuals with disabilities and their families with a concentration on those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
It provides information, advice and guidance about community housing and supports. This housing guide has been funded by the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities and Autism New Jersey SHA’s grant partner.
“Much more can and should be done to solve our housing crisis; limiting access is not a solution.”
“In a state of 8 million people, the league (New Jersey League of Municipalities) argues that only 37,000 units of affordable housing are needed in a 25-year period beginning in 2005. Yet according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, New Jersey ranks as the fifth-most-expensive state in the nation to live in. With a national average of one-in-four-renter households spending more than half of their income on housing costs and three-in-four very-low-income households spending more than half of their income on housing costs, we believe that much more can and should be done to solve our housing crisis.”
Kilmer Homes in the Township of Edison, which recently celebrated its grand opening is just one example of affordable housing that is helping to revitalize communities.
“Many league members are actively building and have built beautiful, supportive housing projects that are thriving — the league should celebrate these successes by encouraging all its members to model the success and solve New Jersey’s affordable-housing crisis by increasing the supply of homes people can afford instead of resisting progress through expensive litigation and flawed housing reports.”