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Mortgage Nightmare: One New Jersey Family’s Fight Against Foreclosure
Joe Tyrrell | September 15, 2014 | Social, Housing
Ezekiel Iwarimie wanted a house for his wife and kids, but what he got was a pitched battle to hold onto his home
Conditional Veto Could Gut Affordable-Housing Policies, Advocates Say
Hank Kalet | September 12, 2014 | Politics, Housing
Governor argues that it’s time for Legislature to significantly revise New Jersey’s landmark law
New Law Clears Way to Force Cleanups of Derelict Properties
Joe Tyrrell | September 3, 2014 | Housing
Legislation allows municipalities to levy fines against foreclosing creditors that don't keep abandoned houses in good repair
Contract Suggests State Fudged Dates for New COAH Regulations
Colleen O'Dea | August 14, 2014 | Housing
Deal with Rutgers consultant was not signed until less than three weeks before court-ordered deadline for adopting housing rules
Housing Market’s Statewide Woes Are Reflected, Magnified in Trenton
Joe Tyrrell | August 14, 2014 | Housing
Capital city’s plight made worse by safety concerns, loss of jobs and departure of businesses, overall weakness of New Jersey's economy
Sweeney Calls Sandy-Monitoring Reports ‘Almost A Whitewash’
Mark J. Magyar | July 22, 2014 | Politics, Housing, Sandy
Senate president, housing advocates demand release of full documentation so public can judge Sandy relief efforts
Advocacy Group Pursues COAH and the Case of the Missing Documents
Colleen O'Dea | July 16, 2014 | Politics, Housing
State, Rutgers both claim they can't find the files used as the basis for latest rules regarding affordable-housing obligations
Will COAH's New Ground Rules Mean Less Affordable Housing?
Colleen O'Dea | July 3, 2014 | Housing
Advocates argue regulations do not meet Supreme Court requirements, differ from rules adopted by council earlier in year
NJ, Rutgers Sued Over Refusal to Release Details of Affordable-Housing Formula
Colleen O'Dea | June 27, 2014 | Housing, Planning
Fair Share seeks details of how new quotas were determined, gets heavily redacted document
NJ Still Drowning in 'Underwater' Mortgages, New Study Reveals
Joe Tyrrell | May 9, 2014 | Housing
While foreclosure rates fall in other parts of country, New Jersey on track for another 50,000 filings this year
COAH Votes to Propose New Rules Virtually Sight Unseen
Colleen O'Dea | May 1, 2014 | Housing
Some members of Council on Affordable Housing said they received more than 200 pages of new regulations just a day before panel met to vote on them
Providing a Solid Foundation for Improving the Health of the Homeless
Andrew Kitchenman | April 8, 2014 | Healthcare, Social, Housing
Helping patients find a permanent place to live called crucial part of effective medical care
Irvington Gains Allies in Standoff with Bankers Over ‘Underwater’ Mortgages
Joe Tyrrell | April 2, 2014 | More Issues, Social, Housing
Lenders accused of threatening thinly-veiled version of minority neighborhood ‘red-lining’
Irvington Officials Vote to Use Eminent-Domain Powers in Unusual Way
Joe Tyrrell | March 27, 2014 | More Issues, Housing
City will take properties with ‘underwater’ and high-interest mortgages, then offer better financing deals to help bail out homeowners
Revitalizing Suburbia: Giving Aging Malls and Office Parks a New Lease on Life
Tara Nurin | March 19, 2014 | More Issues, Social, Housing
Rather than standing empty, yesterday's archetypes of suburban sprawl are being reinvented as vibrant places to work, play, and live
COAH Meeting Canceled After State Supreme Court Issues Temporary Stay
Colleen O'Dea | March 12, 2014 | More Issues, Housing, Planning
Appellate panel had ordered fair-share housing agency to hold its first meeting in 10 months
Many Join Forces in Effort to Help Veterans Find Homes in New Jersey
Joe Tyrrell | March 11, 2014 | More Issues, Social, Housing
Thousands who served their country find themselves on the streets, jobless and struggling to survive
Appeals Panel’s Top Judge Scolds COAH for Stalling on New Municipal Quotas
Colleen O'Dea | March 6, 2014 | More Issues, Housing
Court expresses frustration and anger over agency’s failure to comply with order to update regulations for affordable housing
Christie Administration Ignores Top Court’s Affordable-Housing Mandate
Colleen O'Dea | February 27, 2014 | More Issues, Politics, Housing, Planning
Missed deadline for new COAH quotas sets stage for legal showdown as fair-housing and environmental advocates cry foul
With Deadline Looming, Can COAH Meet Its Supreme Court Mandate?
Tara Nurin | December 16, 2013 | More Issues, Housing
Housing experts say affordable housing council no closer to fixing Mt. Laurel problems
ACLU-NJ Joins Suit Against Feds, Seeks Facts About Foreclosures
Joe Tyrrell | December 6, 2013 | More Issues, Housing
Did government agency threaten to move against towns that use eminent domain to help residents avoid foreclosure?
NJ Cities Mull Unusual Step to Help Offset Lower Home Values, High Mortgages
Joe Tyrrell | August 8, 2013 | More Issues, Housing
Newark, Irvington eye California community’s use of eminent-domain taking to give residents better terms on renegotiated loans.
Explainer: Mount Laurel Decisions Shelter Poor and Low-Income New Jerseyans
Colleen O'Dea | July 30, 2013 | Housing, Explainer
In 1975, Mount Laurel was the first ruling in the country to prohibit communities from enacting 'exclusionary zoning' practices.
Interactive Map: Residential Building Permits in NJ
Colleen O'Dea | July 12, 2013 | More Issues, Housing
Boom in approvals of new multifamily units propels climb back to construction levels prior to recession.
Democratic Candidates Agree: Christie Fumbled Foreclosure Crisis
Joe Tyrell | July 10, 2013 | More Issues, Politics, Housing
Senate and gubernatorial hopefuls blame GOP, big banks for squeezing homeowners.
Jacking Up Houses on the Jersey Shore
Staff of NJ Spotlight | July 9, 2013 | More Issues, Housing, Sandy
Rebuilding stronger and higher is the watchword along the Jersey Shore, housejacking gets the job done.
Jersey Shore Rebuilding Effort Achieves New Heights
NJ Spotlight Staff | June 28, 2013 | More Issues, Housing, Sandy
'House jackers' in demand as reconstructed structures are built higher post-Sandy
Renters: Hurricane Sandy's Invisible Victims
Hank Kalet | June 26, 2013 | More Issues, Housing, Sandy
Living with friends or family, with no leases and no permanent address, Sandy's displaced are hard to find and harder to help.
NJ Foreclosures In the Wake of the Superstorm
Joe Tyrrell | June 24, 2013 | More Issues, Housing
The housing market takes another big hit, while many NJ homeowners struggle to deal with a raft of new mortgage problems.
COAH in Court: Can It Try to Collect Funds from Municipalities?
Colleen O'Dea | June 6, 2013 | More Issues, Housing
There's $164 million at stake -- money that could be used to help balance this year's budget rather than build affordable housing
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