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Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness
Alliance Joins in Urging Court to Invalidate Christie's COAH Plan

Asserts that Reorganization is in Violation of Fair Housing Act

The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (the Network), the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), and the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance) today filed an amicus brief with the Appellate Division requesting that the Court invalidate Governor Christie's Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) reorganization plan.

Last June, Gov. Christie issued an executive order that transferred the functions and duties of COAH to the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The amicus brief charges that by transferring COAH responsibilities to the DCA Commissioner, the governor becomes the sole, exclusive and absolute arbiter of affordable housing compliance; the public would be shut out of decision making which would happen behind closed doors. Without a provision for the interplay of a diverse array of views and perspectives, such as those offered by nonprofit and special needs developers, compliance with the Mt. Laurel obligation would be lacking. Further, the brief asserts that the Executive Order violates the separation of powers between branches of government as well as the Fair Housing Act.

Read more by clicking here. To read the amicus brief in full, click here.

For More Information

Please Contact: Tarry Truitt, Communications and Project Manager, ttruitt@merceralliance.org or 609-844-1008.


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