Report Says NJ Doubled Affordable Housing Starts Since 2015
New Jersey towns doubled the rate at which they built affordable housing after a judge declared the statewide agency meant to oversee such construction defunct in 2015, shifting the process to court settlements, according to a report released by Fair Share Housing Center. The analysis argues that states across the country should emulate New Jersey’s legal framework for zoning and building affordable housing, known as the Mount Laurel doctrine — a process that increased the production of multifamily housing and began integrating a segregated state, the nonprofit found. The report comes as New Jersey towns look ahead to 2025, the year they must reconsider their zoning codes and calculate how many new units of affordable housing they are required to build. Read more about the report and the rate of affordable housing in New Jersey.