New Jersey’s landmark Mount Laurel Doctrine outlaws exclusionary zoning and requires all towns to create a realistic opportunity for their fair share of affordable housing, which has led to the construction of over 70,000 new affordable homes in high-opportunity communities. Since 2015, Fair Share Housing Center has settled cases with more than 340 towns throughout New Jersey, which will lead to approximately 50,000 more affordable homes in the next decade.
Many of New Jersey’s cities are rapidly gentrifying as the state experiences record population growth. As a more affluent population moves in, marginalized communities that have lived in their homes for generations are being priced out. We work with local advocates and cities to protect affordability through inclusionary zoning. Inclusionary zoning is one tool that local governments can use to require an affordable housing set-aside in new development. We recently secured two victories for inclusionary zoning in the and the , helping to preserve affordable homes in our state’s two largest urban centers.
New Jersey is still facing a significant shortage of affordable homes–nearly 300,000. Securing resources to safeguard development is key to closing that gap. This year, we successfully advocated for New Jersey to include $305 million in the state budget to specifically fund affordable housing projects from Mount Laurel settlements. We’re also advocating for New Jersey to leverage all tools at its disposal to advance the development of affordable homes, including fully implementing existing laws that require affordable housing set-asides in certain instances.