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Republicans Want to Wrest Control of Affordable Housing from NJ Courts

Colleen O'Dea | July 12, 2018 | Housing

Judges have overseen agreements that could lead to construction of tens of thousands of homes. Their ‘micromanaging’ of process is a problem for GOP leader

Budget Earmarks Funds to Build Affordable Homes in NJ — at Last

Colleen O'Dea | July 3, 2018 | Budget, Housing
While significant sum still allowed to be diverted, $15 million has been put aside specifically for constructing homes
NJ Thinks Very Small, Hoping to Make Big Difference in Affordable Housing
Colleen O'Dea | June 26, 2018 | Housing
Can ‘tiny homes’ establish a firm enough foundation in the Garden State, giving the homeless and the poor a way to put a roof over their head?
As NJ Rents Continue to Climb, Finding an Apartment Becomes Even Tougher
Colleen O'Dea | June 14, 2018 | Housing
Hundreds of thousands of residents don’t earn enough to cover the rent on an average two-bedroom, without struggling to pay other bills and meet routine expenses
Despite Campaign Promises, Murphy Plans to Raid Affordable-Housing Fund
Colleen O'Dea | May 10, 2018 | Housing
The governor wants to use almost $78 million dedicated to building homes for low- and middle-income residents to plug holes in the general fund
NJ Court Determines How Many Affordable-Housing Units Needed by 2025
Colleen O'Dea | March 12, 2018 | Housing
Ruling sets statewide housing quota for new affordable units at close to 155,000, according to Mercer County Superior Court Assignment Judge Mary Jacobson
Profiling Local Property Taxes and Property-Tax Relief Across Garden State
Colleen O'Dea | March 2, 2018 | Housing
Increased transparency at the Department of Community Affairs makes it possible to track property taxes for New Jersey municipalities - and see where and by how much the state tried to offset them
As Redlining Persists, Camden Area Among Hot Spots in U.S. for Mortgage Denials
Colleen O'Dea | February 16, 2018 | Housing
Investigation finds people continue to be denied loans based on factors such as race, despite legislation supposed to ban the practice
Housing Transition Team Advises Murphy: First, Acknowledge the Crisis
Colleen O'Dea | January 31, 2018 | Housing
Report lays out six priorities to increase housing stock and end foreclosures, does not call for COAH to be resurrected
Garden State’s Homeless Rate Halved During Past Decade
WHYY News | December 8, 2017 | Housing
No other state saw a bigger decline in homelessness than New Jersey
New Jersey Rents Go Through the Roof, If You Can Afford a Roof
Colleen O'Dea | December 7, 2017 | Housing
Latest data from the Census Bureau show rents have risen faster than inflation, gobbling up a larger portion of income than in previous years
As Newark Grows, Tenants Want Better Rent Control
WNYC News | August 3, 2017 | Housing
Housing advocates seek to put more stringent rent ordinance on the November ballot
Revised Federal Flood Insurance Program Looks to Sandy for Lessons Learned
John Reitmeyer | July 21, 2017 | Housing
Current NFIP is underwater with debt, overhaul would address that problem, be more responsive to homeowners, and cap the cost of annual increases
Legislating Against Blacklisting to Help Tenants Find Better Housing
Colleen O'Dea | July 18, 2017 | Housing
Landlords deny that it’s done, but tenants who withhold rent to protest unhealthy living conditions often can’t find another place to live
Lawmakers Want to Close the Door on Negligent Landlords
NJTV News Online | July 12, 2017 | Housing
Senators go after landlords who fail safety and sanitary standards while renting to tenants who get public assistance
Menendez, Other Senators Call for Major Reforms in Flood Insurance Program
John Reitmeyer | June 14, 2017 | Housing
Sandy victims pleased as proposed changes include capping homeowners’ premiums and limiting insurance company profits
Democratic, Republican Candidates Detail Plans for Affordable Housing
Colleen O'Dea | June 2, 2017 | Housing, Elections 2017
Courting millennials, building tiny houses, adding a cabinet-level position — gubernatorial candidates have plenty to say on this controversial topic
More People Want to Live in Urban ‘Walkable Places’ and NJ’s Got Plenty of Them
NJTV News Online | April 7, 2017 | Housing
‘Places would kill’ for one of Garden State’s key assets, its commuter rail infrastructure
Will State Stop Cutting Checks to Seniors, Give Property Tax Credit Instead?
John Reitmeyer | March 7, 2017 | Housing
Lawmakers say bipartisan move to change NJ’s ‘senior-freeze’ property-tax reimbursement program would help homeowners on fixed incomes and save on administrative costs
Place for Less Well-Off Residents in New Newark?
WNYC News | February 8, 2017 | Housing
City has low level of homeownership, and renters could be vulnerable if development causes housing market to heat up
Poll Finds New Jersey Majority Favors Affordable Housing
Colleen O'Dea | February 2, 2017 | Housing
Two-thirds approve providing homes for those of low- and moderate-income; 53 percent think their own communities have ‘the right amount’
‘How Bad Is Bad?’ Keeping the Focus on NJ’s Foreclosures
NJ Spotlight Staff | January 27, 2017 | Housing
NJ Spotlight contributor Joe Tyrell, who yesterday reported in-depth on New Jersey’s worst-in-nation status for foreclosures, discussed the troubling issue on WHYY Newsworks
New Jersey Still Bogged Down in Foreclosures While Rest of Country Recovering
Joe Tyrrell | January 26, 2017 | Housing
Housing advocates blame a lack of leadership at state level for Garden State’s highest foreclosure rate in nation
NJ Supreme Court Ruling Could Leave Towns on Hook for 120,000 Affordable Units
Colleen O'Dea | January 19, 2017 | Housing
Court rules housing responsibilities continued to accrue during 16-year period when affordable-housing regulation was in dispute
‘Tiny House’ Pilots Could Make Huge Difference to NJ’s Indigent and Homeless
Colleen O'Dea | January 5, 2017 | Housing
A movement typically associated with millennials and baby boomers could help ease the affordable housing crunch in New Jersey
Will NJ’s Top Court Boost Affordable-Housing Requirements?
Colleen O'Dea | December 1, 2016 | Housing
In arguments before state Supreme Court, justices seem to favor idea that cities and towns are responsible for 16 years no affordable-housing rules were in effect
NJ Woman’s Estate Wins Battle with Mortgage Company After Death
Joe Tyrrell | November 15, 2016 | Housing
Florence Block was an executive and mother of an autistic son; her battle with cancer contributed to financial problems
Shortage of Affordable Housing Explored at NJ Spotlight on Cities
Colleen O'Dea | October 20, 2016 | Housing
One advocate suggests that even the term ‘affordable housing’ has negative connotations for many people
Progress Slow On Affordable Housing, Towns Wait for NJ Top Court
Colleen O'Dea | September 21, 2016 | Housing
Justices must decide whether housing obligations accrued during 15-year gap must be built
Baraka’s Vision for Newark’s West Ward Unrealized in Development Plan
Joe Tyrrell | September 9, 2016 | Housing
Newark mayor stressed keeping people in their homes, despite foreclosure, but ‘model neighborhood initiative’ almost silent on this goal
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