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.
COAH’s recently published draft rules, which spell out municipal affordable-housing obligations, ignore the potential to develop housing on already-built sites.
Executive Director Peter Kasabach made his debut April 2 on Al Jazeera America, joining a panel on Ray Suarez’s show Inside Story to talk about the importance of understanding the risks posed by a changing climate, and giving communities the leadership and resources they need to plan accordingly.
Three housing developments; two downtown plans; a transformative open-space plan; an anchor of hope for its surrounding community; and a region-wide plan for smart economic growth are all winners of New Jersey Future’s 2014 Smart Growth Awards. Former State Planning Commission Chairman Joe Maraziti will receive the Cary Edwards Leadership Award.
New Jersey Future calls for more emphasis on planning, transparency and risk assessment in the new Sandy Action Plan, saying to do less wastes taxpayer funds.
A new documentary explores the complex issues surrounding development along our increasingly vulnerable coastlines.
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.
Oct. 18, 2013 — One of the most difficult things successful political leaders must do is to make decisions on behalf of their constituents that might be politically unpopular in the short term, but help to secure a more stable future for generations to come. New Jersey’s current economic stagnation brings this challenge into sharp focus: How can we invest the state’s limited funds strategically in ways that respect immediate budget needs but make the state more prosperous and globally competitive for the long term?
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
- 03/31/2011: Letter Supporting Vertical GDP Bill after Conditional Veto
- 05-2009 Smart Housing Incentives Act - Summary
- 11/13/2012: S2245 To Support Investment in New Jersey’s Distressed Neighborhoods
- 3/11/2013: Economic Investments Strategically and Avoid Subsidizing Sprawl
- 03/19/2013: New Jersey Future CDBG-DR comments
- 02/17/2014 - Creating Places To Age in New Jersey Municipal Best Practices
- Creating Places To Age Bergen-Passaic Supplement
- Creating Places To Age in New Jersey municipal data
- Case Study on Paterson
- Case Study on Jersey City
- Hoboken Case Study
- Case Study Camden
- Ripple Effects
- 04/02/2012: NJFuture Comments to State Planning Commission on Draft State Strategic Plan
- 04/25/2013: A3680 Economic Opportunity Act
- 04/29/2013: Sandy Recovery Action Plan Doesn't Commit to Resiliency Planning, Sustainability
- Targeting Transit -- New Jersey Future
- Route 1 Planning Through Partnerships
- 06/17/2011: Amicus brief: Mount Laurel
- 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
- 03-15-2010 Statement Opposing Senate Affordable Housing Bill S1
- 03-05-2010 Statement to Housing Opportunity Task Force
- 02-01-2010 Statement on Senate Affordable Housing Bill S1
- 05-18-2009 Testimony on Smart Housing Incentives Act
- Getting to Work 11-08
- 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