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.
Speakers at the Redevelopment Forum session on affordable housing all stressed the opportunities inherent in creating more affordable housing, and that towns should be proactive so they get the kind of housing that helps them meet other objectives.
The New Jersey State Redevelopment and Development Plan just turned 15. It’s working, but it needs to work better.
A look at how several cities have updated their zoning codes reveals some common approaches to using their land more flexibly and smartly.
The water crisis in Flint should serve as a wake-up call in New Jersey and across the nation that we have neglected our water infrastructure for too long.
Two Somerset County municipalities are considering taking smart-growth initiatives to revitalize their local economies.
The New Jersey Supreme Court decision today in In re Adoption of N.J.A.C. 5:96 & 5:97 is a victory for balanced planning aimed at the inclusion of households of all income levels in our communities.
A cocktail reception Oct. 29, 2015, to honor Dr. George Pruitt, a leader in higher education and redevelopment and a friend of New Jersey Future.
In this report, New Jersey Future analyzed housing affordability in each New Jersey municipality, to see where households headed by someone 65 or older have high housing costs. The places where housing cost burden is greatest fall into two groups: towns that are expensive for everyone, and towns that are dominated by larger, single-family housing stock. December 2015.
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
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
- Final Jersey City to Proacitvely Test Water Supply Press Release %282%29
- 04/24/2015: Testimony on Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
- 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