August 24th 2016
NEW FEDERAL DISASTER GUIDELINES BUILD ON SUPERSTORM SANDY LESSONS TO ENSURE RECOVERY EFFORTS MEET TH (PDF)
The federal government has issued important new guidelines designed to ensure that federally funded disaster recovery efforts meet the needs and protect the civil rights of minority communities.
July 22nd 2016
Following a three-week trial, a Superior Court judge has rejected the conclusions of a study produced by a group of municipalities seeking that argued that thousands of properties that have sold for more than $300,000 in recent years, and as high as a $500,000, meet New Jersey’s definition of affordable housing - including beachfront condominiums with pools and hot tubs.
February 26th 2014
Trenton, NJ (February 26, 2014) -Today’s five-month deadline for adoption of new rules by the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH), which was set by the New Jersey Supreme Court in a September 26, 2014 ruling, will pass without the agency taking any action to comply with the decision. A court hearing has been scheduled on March 5, 2014 at 10 a.m. in Newark before a three-judge appellate panel on Fair Share Housing Center’s motion to enforce the Supreme Court’s order.
January 16th 2014
In a report released today, civil rights, housing and community advocates reviewed the challenges facing Sandy affected residents and neighborhoods, and recommended a series of comprehensive changes to New Jersey’s recovery programs to address racial and economic imbalances in funding allocations. Fair Share Housing Center (FSHC), the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (the Network), the Latino Action Network (LAN), and the NAACP New Jersey State Conference analyzed the performance of New Jersey’s Sandy recovery programs to date and made numerous suggestions to increase transparency, fairness and efficiency throughout the rebuilding effort. The recommendations are aimed at making the State’s Sandy aid process work better in advance of the next $1.4 billion in federal funds, which the State is expected to submit a draft plan for later this month.
December 2nd 2013
November 25, 2013 - In response to litigation brought by Fair Share Housing Center following a July 2013 Open Public Records Act request, the Christie Administration has finally released an extensive cache of documents never before seen by the public. The documents raise concerns about a wide range of practices on the part of the administration in distributing federal Sandy relief funds, highlighting an overall lack of organization and planning and raising questions about the fairness of distribution of funds to date.
October 29th 2013
WE ARE THE SANDY 75% Vast Majority of People Hit Hard by Sandy Say Christie Administration Has Failed Them
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Trenton, NJ (October 29, 2013) – On the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, a Monmouth University poll shows that 75% of New Jerseyans severely impacted by Sandy say that the Christie Administration’s recovery is not working for people like them; we are the people behind the poll. Today, people impacted by Sandy and organizations fighting for a fair recovery are marking the anniversary with a clear message: The Christie Administration’s approach to recovery is not working; major changes are needed.
March 8th 2012
Appellate Court Invalidates Abolition of Council on Affordable Housing as Illegal Seizure of Power (PDF)
Appellate Court Invalidates Abolition of Council on Affordable Housing as Illegal Seizure of Power
October 21st 2011
October 20, 2011 – Trenton, New Jersey - Late yesterday, a state appellate court ordered the state to halt the enforcement of “interim procedures” that would implement Governor Christie’s takeover of the Council on Affordable Housing. The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court issued the order in a case filed by Fair Share Housing Center (FSHC). The stayed procedures, if implemented, would have given the Christie Administration the power to control municipal compliance with the New Jersey Fair Housing Act and to oversee the expenditure of over $250 million in funds through a discretionary process with no standards. The Appellate Division also accelerated a full hearing on FSHC’s challenges to both the procedures and the overall plan to abolish the Council on Affordable Housing, ordering all briefing and argument to be completed over the next four months.
August 23rd 2011
August 23, 2011 - Trenton- The New Jersey Supreme Court today issued a decision that requires the New Jersey League of Municipalities to comply with the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA). The decision was issued in response to an appeal filed by the Fair Share Housing Center.
July 19th 2011
Hoboken Municipal Code require complexes with more than 10 apartments to include low and moderate income units
July 19, 2011 – Hoboken, New Jersey –Fair Share Housing Center has filed a complaint against the Zoning Board of the City of Hoboken and Advance at Hoboken LLC, the developer of a planned 140-unit housing development at 1300 Willow Street. The lawsuit challenges site plan approvals received by the developer that require compliance with Hoboken’s ordinance on housing for lower-income households, but do not state the number and type of homes that will be included.
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