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.
Our comments on the proposed plan for the third round of federal Sandy recovery funds stress that implementation must ensure equity, public participation and resiliency.
A one-day workshop co-hosted by New Jersey Future provided information to New Jersey cities on innovative ways to address their combined-sewer overflow problems.
The plan directs the third round of federal Sandy relief funds toward housing needs and for implementation of two of the winning Rebuild By Design resiliency projects.
New Jersey is well positioned to take advantage of some emerging real-estate trends outlined in a new report, but risks its competitiveness by lagging in others.
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.
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
Dec. 15, 2014 — New Jersey Future’s wish list for 2015 — adequate transportation funding; homes that are affordable; updated statewide water supply plan; a new tunnel under the Hudson River; protection from future storms and a new State Development and Redevelopment Plan.
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.
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