Sharing the Housing and Community Network of New Jersey’s March 29th Issues

NJ Spotlight, NJTV to Host Two Gubernatorial Primary Debates
NJ Spotlight
NJ Spotlight, in partnership with NJTV Public Television, has been chosen to co-host two of the New Jersey gubernatorial primary debates this spring. The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission yesterday picked the partnership to host two debates, one for the Democratic candidates and one for the Republican candidates.

Summit Planning Board Unanimously Endorses Fair Share Housing Ordinance Amended to Address Resident Objections Regarding DeForest Ave. ‘Overlay Zone’
The Summit Planning Board has endorsed an ordinance to comply with the City’s recent agreement on affordable housing, but that ordinance has been amended, apparently to assure that objections of residents of the area of 25 DeForest Avenue are overcome. When the Planning Board decided to go along with the agreement on affordable housing between the City and the Fair Share Housing Center in January, one of the linchpins to that agreement with the creation of “overlay zones” — eight areas of the City that could allow for affordable housing.

Plainsboro Planning Board approves 100-unit affordable housing project
While many New Jersey towns are struggling to determine the amount of affordable housing they need to provide, Plainsboro has taken the next step towards getting affordable units actually built. Last December, the town cut a deal with Community Investment Strategies, a for-profit builder based in Lawrence Township, to help meet Plainsboro’s latest fair share obligation. The township planning board approved the The Place at Plainsboro at its meeting on March 20.

Parsippany meeting an education in affordable housing
The Record
Parsippany’s biggest challenge is affordable housing, Mayor James Barberio told a group of residents at a recent meeting. The mayor said because there has been much discussion about affordable housing within the community he held the meeting to clear the air and educate residents on the issues…One resident asked about the impact of new residents to the township and Inglesino said “you can’t use an influx of school children as a basis to deny your affordable housing obligation.”

These Nonprofits Say Trump’s Budget Could Hurt the Fight for Homeless Veterans
The push to end homelessness among veterans would suffer without the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, which is up for elimination under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, nonprofits and local officials say….Adding to the ire and confusion, the budget proposal also says the Trump administration will support Department of Veterans Affairs programs for homeless and at-risk veterans and their families, but doesn’t elaborate. Trump, who promised on the campaign trail to support veterans, wants to give the VA a 6% increase. Still, the federal government needs someone to make sure housing resources are well spent, and to look across agencies for solutions instead of just down at their own, advocates say.