Housing

Storm relief, climate progress still elusive decade after Hurricane Sandy, lawmakers told

BY: - October 7, 2022

Advocates and storm survivors say much remains to be done to make New Jersey more resilient from storms like Hurricane Sandy.

Annual count finds N.J. homelessness inching up, with racial disparities persisting

BY: - October 5, 2022

In the annual Point in Time count of N.J.'s homeless population, advocates counted 8,754 unhoused people, with Black people overrepresented.

Housing advocates urge lawmakers to make more landlord-tenant actions confidential

BY: - September 30, 2022

Housing advocates told the N.J. Senate Committee on Communities and Urban Affairs to continue sealing eviction records to protect tenants.

Governor Murphy returns foreclosure bill to legislators for tweaks

BY: - September 15, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy has conditionally vetoed a foreclosure bill that would have made it easier for families and nonprofits to buy homes at sheriff’s sales, a measure intended to preserve affordable housing and protect low-income neighborhoods from corporate buyers. Murphy’s veto says he objects to “the legality, practicality, and unintended consequences” of several provisions in the […]

Advocates ask for action on bill that would keep foreclosed homes in local hands

BY: - August 30, 2022

Advocates want the governor to sign legislation intended to help people facing foreclosure hang on to their homes and build community wealth.

Bill would require structural inspections of multi-family dwellings to prevent collapses

BY: - August 22, 2022

New legislation would require structural inspections of new multi-family buildings in N.J. and reserve funds to pay for structural repairs.

Judge tosses defamation claim filed by former Cape May official

BY: - August 16, 2022

A Cape May official said an affordable housing advocate defamed him in a newspaper story about questionable city spending. A judge disagreed.

More tenant protections for senior citizens, people with disabilities under new bill

BY: - August 15, 2022

Lawmakers want to extend the time senior citizens and people with disabilities have certain tenancy protections under state law.

Rents in New Jersey remain unaffordable despite pandemic aid, report finds

BY: - July 28, 2022

New Jersey remains among the least affordable states in the nation for renters, with a minimum-wage worker having to work 96 hours a week to afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Temporary housing aid put in place during the pandemic — emergency rental assistance and eviction moratoriums […]

Bill advances that would bar discrimination in home appraisals

BY: - June 2, 2022

A Senate panel advanced a bill Thursday that would bar real estate appraisers from lowering a home’s appraised value because of the race of the owner or buyer, and create steep penalties for those who run afoul of the safeguards. Supporters say the bill, sponsored by Sen. Nellie Pou (D-Passaic), is a bid to bridge […]

Bill would set aside $25M annually in down payment aid for first-time home buyers

BY: - May 12, 2022

A Senate panel has unanimously advanced a measure setting aside millions for down payment assistance for some first-time home buyers, but questions remain about the bill’s future. The bill, which cleared the panel in a unanimous vote Monday, would set aside $25 million annually for four years to fund grants of up to $10,000 for […]

Business groups, progressives name divergent budget priorities

BY: - March 30, 2022

Business and progressive groups presented Senate lawmakers with divergent views on how to use surging revenues and billions in remaining federal aid at the first of the chamber’s annual budget hearings Tuesday. Representatives from the New Jersey Business and Industry Association and the Chambers of Commerce of New Jersey and Southern New Jersey praised Gov. […]