Help Build on Success in this Legislative Session by Urging Governor Christie to Sign Short Sale Legislation
The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (the Network) announced last week, the wonderful news that halfway through the 2017 legislative session they have already seen major success.
To date, five of the Network’s priority bills have been signed law by Governor Chris Christie.
The bills include:
- Help Sandy survivors avoid foreclosure
- Prevent childhood lead poisoning
- Help people avoid homelessness
- Keep the homeless safe during frigid weather conditions
- $10 million Lead-Safe Home Remediation Pilot Grant Program
The Network also successfully prevented policies that would threaten its efforts to Build a Thriving New Jersey. Despite over 130 towns settling their fair share housing obligation with the Courts and advocates, there were efforts to put a moratorium on all litigation that would create more affordable homes. With your help, your advocacy efforts stopped any of these bills from even being heard by the legislature.
However even with these successes, there is still action that you can take to promote housing and community development in New Jersey. Assemblyman Reed Gusciora and Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez‘s bill (A2060/S2333) passed both houses unanimously.
This bill requires lenders participating in a short sale to respond to a good faith offer within 60 days. This bill is currently awaiting action from the governor. Please contact Governor Christie today and urge him to sign the bill into law.
When the legislature comes back into session after the November 7, 2017 election, the Network is ready for final action on some of its other priorities. Five other policy priority bills have already been passed by one chamber of the legislature and await action from the other.
Finally, and most importantly, we need support for Build a Thriving NJ to get the next governor and legislature to invest $600 million in affordable homes. You can help the Network get candidates running to represent you in the legislature to endorse Build a Thriving New Jersey, a critical campaign.