The fifth report in The Fund’s Crossroads NJ series is the housing and land use report – “Communities of Opportunity: New Jerseyans Need More Affordable, Convenient, and Safe Places to Call Home” – which notes that “New Jersey has too few homes that residents can afford, legacy consequences from sprawl, aging infrastructure, and a geography that makes its land particularly vulnerable to the encroachment of rising seas. At the same time, the state’s resources and its political will to address these challenges have diminished.” The report calls for leadership, financial resources, and sensible policies addressing four important issues:
- Investing in affordable homes and communities, including transit-oriented development as well as supportive housing and homelessness prevention
- Advancing Mount Laurel goals and fair housing initiatives to promote integration and opportunity
- Reducing evictions and foreclosures
- Embracing regional and state planning with an emphasis on climate resiliency and urban and downtown revitalization
Access this report and the rest of the series on the Crossroads NJ website.