Ida worsened growing housing crisis in NJ, advocates say

According to one report, NJ has shortage of over 205,000 affordable rental homes for low-income households

The effects of Tropical Storm Ida are taking a toll on an already evident housing problem in New Jersey. Advocates say it’s getting harder to find places for displaced families to live as emergency hotels are already full because of the pandemic. They say they hope the weather disaster is a wake-up call to finally create much-needed affordable housing in the state.

“We know that these incidents are coming more frequently. They are more damaging. And all the issues that are related to climate change. We see the storms dumping mounds of water and really revealing the holes in our infrastructure. So it’s really important as we recover these families and communities that we try to leave them better,” said Keith Adams, executive director of New Jersey Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

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