Housing and Equity
New Jersey’s current approach to housing has resulted in concentrated poverty in urban areas and reduced opportunities for families with modest incomes to live near where they work, since jobs have systematically been spreading across our suburban landscape instead of being focused in areas where public transportation exists or where we have already invested in infrastructure. Moving forward, New Jersey will need to leverage market forces and public policy to create housing opportunities for lower-income households in high-opportunity places, especially near transit. Simultaneously, the state’s housing and investment policies should support the strategic rebuilding of weak markets to create vibrant, mixed-income communities.
The results of a survey of officials responsible for downtown revitalization in New Jersey show a need for greater proactivity, even as demographics provide an unprecedented opportunity.
The New Jersey Conference on the Fourth Regional Plan highlighted issues of affordability, transportation, technology, access to opportunity, and climate change.
Princeton has earned the World Health Organization’s age-friendly communities designation, the first municipality in New Jersey to receive the honor.
A tribute to former New Jersey Future trustee John Sheridan.
A cocktail reception Oct. 30 will honor longtime New Jersey Future trustee Henry A. Coleman for his many contributions to various organizations and to the state of New Jersey.
A cocktail reception Oct. 30, 2014, to honor Henry A. Coleman, a dedicated public servant and a friend and trustee of New Jersey Future.
April 1, 2014 — Three different types of housing developments; two plans to revitalize fading downtowns; a plan that transformed an industrial riverfront into a premier urban asset; a project that will serve as an anchor of hope to its surrounding community; and a region-wide plan for smart economic growth are all winners of New Jersey Future’s 2014 Smart Growth Awards
Feb. 3, 2014 — The newly released Substantial Amendment for the Second Allocation of CDBG-DR funds, intended to guide the disbursement of $1.46 billion in Sandy recovery assistance, represents a step forward in both resiliency language and public involvement, but misses key steps needed to ensure taxpayer dollars are wisely spent to make New Jersey “Stronger than the Storm”.
March 19, 2014 — A research report recently released by New Jersey Future, Creating Places to Age in New Jersey, evaluates municipalities’ land-use patterns based on how well designed they are to accommodate the changing mobility needs of an aging population.
There is a significant mismatch in New Jersey between where large numbers of older residents live and which municipalities are most prepared to accommodate them. This report matches every municipality against four age-friendliness indicators, and analyzes the degree to which New Jersey’s older residents are living in places that, from a land-use perspective, are not prepared to accommodate their changing needs. January 2014.
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
- Case Study: Paterson
- Case Study: Jersey City
- Case Study: Hoboken
- Case Study: Camden
- Ripple Effects
- Van Abs: Water Infrastructure in New Jersey's CSO Cities
- 02/17/2014 - Creating Places To Age in New Jersey Municipal Best Practices
- Creating Places To Age in New Jersey municipal data
- Creating Places To Age Bergen-Passaic Supplement
- 04/29/2013: Sandy Recovery Action Plan Doesn't Commit to Resiliency Planning, Sustainability
- 04/25/2013: A3680 Economic Opportunity Act
- 03/19/2013: New Jersey Future CDBG-DR comments
- 3/11/2013: Economic Investments Strategically and Avoid Subsidizing Sprawl
- 11/13/2012: S2245 To Support Investment in New Jersey’s Distressed Neighborhoods
- Targeting Transit -- New Jersey Future
- 05-2009 Smart Housing Incentives Act - Summary
- 03/31/2011: Letter Supporting Vertical GDP Bill after Conditional Veto
- 04/02/2012: NJFuture Comments to State Planning Commission on Draft State Strategic Plan
- Route 1 Planning Through Partnerships
- 05-18-2009 Testimony on Smart Housing Incentives Act
- 06/17/2011: Amicus brief: Mount Laurel
- 03-15-2010 Statement Opposing Senate Affordable Housing Bill S1
- 03-05-2010 Statement to Housing Opportunity Task Force
- 12-10-2010: Testimony: Amendments to Assembly Affordable Housing Bill A3447
- 11-08-2010 Testimony on Assembly Affordable Housing Bill A3447
- 03-08-2010 Statement on Senate Affordable Housing Bill S1
- 02-01-2010 Statement on Senate Affordable Housing Bill S1
- Affordable Housing Policy 10-04
- Race to the Middle: The Homogenization of New Jersey's Population Density
- Realistic Opportunity? The Distribution of Affordable Housing and Jobs in New Jersey
- Getting to Work 11-08