Join the Network on November 30 and Show Your Support for Fair Housing
On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, the New Jersey Supreme Court will hear oral arguments regarding the fair housing “gap period” case. The oral arguments will be at 10:00 a.m. at the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex, 25 West Market in Trenton.
This case will have statewide implications on towns providing for their fair share of affordable homes.
Your attendance will help send a loud and clear message that New Jersey needs more homes people can afford. Your presence alone will speak volumes.
As background, in July, the Fair Share Housing Center reported “In a complex decision issued Monday, New Jersey’s Appellate Division ruled that municipalities are not obligated to calculate and zone for affordable housing needs that went unmet between 1999 and 2015, but must consider them in their future housing calculations.
“We hold that the Fair Housing Act does not require a municipality to retroactively calculate a new “separate and discrete” affordable housing obligation arising during the “gap period” between 1999 and 2015, the three-judge panel ruled.
Instead, they wrote, cities and towns should use previously established methods for calculating their present and future affordable housing needs.”
NJ Spotlight reported that Network’s President and CEO expressed disappointment in that ruling.
“We’re disappointed with today’s decision by the court which could reduce the number of homes that are affordable for New Jersey’s working families, seniors and people with disabilities,” said Staci Berger, president and CEO of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey.
“The court’s decision creates new hurdles for too many households that have struggled to make ends meet during the gap period and continue to now, as a result of the economic tsunami we endured from superstorm Sandy, the Great Recession and the ongoing foreclosure crisis,” Berger said. “We need to build more homes more people can afford, so we can all call New Jersey home.”