Affordable Housing and New Jersey
Many people know that millions of households in the United States cannot afford to pay for decent housing. Far fewer people know the extent of the affordability problem in their own communities.
For more information about wage-rent disparity in Essex County, from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) web site, click here. NLIHC provides up-to-date information, formulates policy, and educates the public on housing needs and the strategies for solutions.
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The New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) is an administrative and regulatory organization. It does not produce, fund or compel municipalities to expend local funds to build affordable housing. Funding is usually provided by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) through its various housing programs or by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) using its bonding capabilities or its federal low income housing tax credit allocations. Some municipalities also expend their own funds or utilize bonding resources. It's mission is to facilitate the production of sound, affordable housing for low and moderate income households by providing the most effective process to municipalities, housing providers, nonprofit and for profit developers to address a constitutional obligation within the framework of sound, comprehensive planning.
GUIDE TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN NEW JERSEY
Published by the New Jersey Department of Comunity Affairs, the Guide to Affordable Housing in New Jersey (92 pgs.) identifies more than 1,800 developments with more than 150,000 apartments or houses affordable to low- and moderate-income families. The back of The Guide lists State and local agencies important to anyone in search of affordable housing in New Jersey. To order a printed copy of The Guide write to the address listed below.
SUPPORT FOR CREATING/MAINTAINING AFFORDABLE HOUSING
In response to a community-wide perception that housing in Montclair is becoming less affordable to a range of income levels, the Township Council commissioned Baird & Driskell Community Planning to prepare a report on the actual supply, need and potential remedies, Baird & Driskell recommended that the Council establish the Montclair Housing Commission to advance the goals of maintaining and creating affordable housing in Montclair while maintaining population diversity as a core value of the Montclair community.
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New Jersey Office of Housing Advocacy (OHA). Within the NJ Department of Community Affairs, OHA provides technical assistance to nonprofit agencies, individuals, and municipalities interested in developing affordable housing. It is staffed by professionals familiar with the development process and the State and local requirements sponsors must meet to build and rehabilitate housing.
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Division of Housing provides information, training and technical assistance for housing development to municipalities, nonprofit organizations and private developers in order to encourage and facilitate the construction of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families. The division is also responsible for planning and implementing programs that provide rental housing assistance, and that support neighborhood preservation and community development initiatives. It provides financial and technical assistance to community-based nonprofit and local government agencies in an effort to improve the quality of life for New Jersey's low-income, disabled and disadvantaged citizens.
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) is dedicated to increasing the availability of and accessibility to safe, decent and affordable housing to families in New Jersey.
For more information call (609) 278-7400.
Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (HCDNJ). Formerly the Affordable Housing Network of New Jersey, HCDNJ is a statewide association of over 250 nonprofit affordable housing and community development corporations, individuals, and other organizations that support the creation of housing and economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income community residents. For a copy of the 2006 HCDNJ membership directory, click here or call (609) 393-3752.
As part of its education and advocacy mission, the HCDNJ works to uncover and analyze barriers to community development, educate members and the public about critical public policy issues, and develop positive policy alternatives. To learn more about the Network's current New Jersey legislative initiatives, click here.
National Housing Institute (NHI) (Shelterforce) - An independent nonprofit organization that examines the issues causing the crisis in housing and community in America. NHI examines the key issues affecting affordable housing and community development practitioners and their supporters. NHI has performed original research on such topics as saving subsidized housing, homelessness prevention, and creatingjobs as component of affordable housing construction. Findings are communicated in Shelterforce, NHI's bi-monthly magazine on affordable housing and community building.
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The National Housing Trust is a national nonprofit organization formed to preserve and improve affordable multifamily homes for low and moderate income use. The Trust saves multifamily properties at risk of conversion to market rate housing and resolves the problems of "troubled" properties that suffer from physical deterioration and financial and social distress. We pursue our mission on behalf of this housing and the families and seniors who live there.
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