Real Estate

Letters to the Editor

Bringing Affordable Housing to New Jersey

Credits: NJ Assembly Democrats

It is no secret that the cost of living in New Jersey is among the highest in the nation. Coupled with a severe shortage of affordable housing, many of our residents struggle every day to make ends meet. The state would have to provide at least 155,000 new units of affordable housing by 2025 to meet the need for more housing.

Municipalities have not received guidance on how to create and maintain affordable housing since 1999. In 2015, the courts ruled for towns to manage these needs, and New Jersey’s state judiciary has overseen affordable housing obligations since.

This begs the question: How do we bridge the need for affordable housing in New Jersey?

Sign Up for E-News

To start, there are three important areas of focus – rehabilitation, preservation, and development.

Though the Supreme Court’s ruling on Mercer County affordable housing obligations focused on the construction of new affordable housing communities, it is equally important to focus on the preservation and rehabilitation of existing properties. In communities such as Paterson where I am from, there is a plethora of homes and buildings left abandoned without upkeep. By creating programs that will help to fund construction, rental assistance, and housing sustainability, we could be using resources that are already available to us to make housing readily accessible to our working class families.

According to the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, over 190 towns have taken the initiative to create opportunities for affordable homes in their communities without legal intervention. In other municipalities, settlements have been negotiated. Municipalities are now motivated to create more housing opportunities for all residents. This is a good thing.

As the newly appointed Chairman of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, as well as a member of the Joint Committee on Housing Affordability, my top priority is helping to make New Jersey an affordable place to live. Affordable housing helps to give New Jerseyans in our most impoverished communities a chance to own a home – and I intend to hear the concerns of residents from all over the state in an effort to rid New Jersey’s affordable housing crisis completely.

Benjie Wimberly represents the 35th Legislative District, which includes parts of Bergen and Passaic Counties.


The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer. Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Passaic Valley

Upcoming Events

Tue, July 24, 9:15 AM

Totowa Public Library, Totowa

Atlantic City bus trip

Arts & Entertainment


Tue, July 24, 7:00 PM

Little Falls Public Library, Little Falls

Elder Law and Estate Planning Workshop

Health & Wellness Law & Justice

Tue, August 7, 6:00 PM

Woodland Park

National Night Out

Arts & Entertainment Police & Fire

Tue, August 7, 6:30 PM

Alfred Baumann Library, Woodland Park

Meet a Bagpiper

Arts & Entertainment Education

To Our Current and Future Representatives

July 17, 2018

To Our Current and Future Representatives - Wherever They May Be:

We can never forget we are a nation of immigrants. 

We cannot fall prey to fear, ignorance and anger when we  have been historically driven by freedom and justice. 

We must have the courage and will to fight hate, bigotry and prejudice. 

We must not wake up to what we hoped was a bad dream and ...

Murphy Administration Takes Action to Help Smokers Quit

July 17, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – The Murphy administration on July 16 announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients quit using tobacco by making it easier to receive tobacco cessation medications and counseling.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in New Jersey, leading to chronic lung disease, heart disease, stroke and cancer,” said New Jersey Human ...