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October 20, 2011 | By Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press
A three-judge panel has slowed Gov. Christie's effort to make quick changes to the state's affordable housing requirements. The state appeals panel issued a stay Tuesday on his plan for new affordable housing procedures and scheduled a hearing for February. Until then, the state was ordered to follow the affordable housing procedures that were in place before the state Council on Affordable Housing was abolished last month. The ruling is the latest in a 40-year debate. Courts have ruled repeatedly that New Jersey municipalities are obligated to provide housing that low- and moderate-income residents can afford.
NEWS
November 15, 2011 | By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cherry Hill had its affordable-housing funds frozen Monday and was ordered to have a plan for spending the money approved by Superior Court. The order by Judge Robert G. Millenky followed allegations by the Fair Share Housing Center, which has been in litigation with Cherry Hill since 2001, that the township broke state rules about spending development fees intended for affordable-housing projects. "Fair Share has uncertainty" about use of the funds, "and the court finds reasonably so," Millenky said.
NEWS
June 8, 1989 | By Kathleen Martin Beans, Special to The Inquirer
A Bucks County Planning Commission official told Doylestown Township supervisors Tuesday that housing in the median price level is well beyond the reach of families with median incomes. "The affordable-housing crisis is much more than a matter of social concern affecting the less fortunate," said Kirk Emerson, director of countywide planning. "It has become a mainstream problem with far-reaching economic implications. " Emerson spoke to the supervisors and residents as part of a pilot program in which township officials offered to participate in a study with the county Planning Commission.
NEWS
October 6, 1999 | By Carrie Budoff and Marc Levy, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The state Council on Affordable Housing is set to take a long-awaited vote today on Moorestown's amended plan to provide housing units for low- and moderate-income individuals. The plan, debated for almost two years, provides for rehabilitating some housing in Moorestown and paying two other towns - Mount Holly and Beverly - to supply housing there under what are known as regional contribution agreements. The council, which enforces fair-housing mandates, is to vote separately today on an arrangement in which Moorestown would pay Mount Holly $4.1 million to take 204 units of its 691-unit obligation over three years.
NEWS
April 15, 2009 | By Jennifer Lin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Local nonprofit developers of affordable housing received almost $10 million in grants yesterday from the Federal Home Loan Banks of Pittsburgh and San Francisco, the largest awards to the region since the banks began funding low-income housing in 1990. The money is to go into 18 projects - 15 in Philadelphia and three in surrounding Pennsylvania counties - and produce 861 units of affordable housing. At a City Hall news conference, Mayor Nutter, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.)
NEWS
February 8, 2011 | By Maya Rao, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
After Jean Siciliano lost her job as a purchasing agent during a corporate downsizing in 2009, she feared she could no longer afford to raise her teenage son in Evesham. She stayed in the suburb because a nonprofit agency approved her for a spacious apartment in a new housing development on Sharp Road for $658 in monthly rent. That development was built under a 1985 law - enacted in response to state Supreme Court rulings - requiring towns to provide low- and moderate-income housing.
NEWS
June 2, 2010 | By JAN RANSOM, ransomj@phillynews.com 215-854-5218
Eladia Fonseca came to Philadelphia as a 9-year-old burn victim, her mother seeking better care for her daughter than what was available after their home in Puerto Rico destroyed by fire. Fonseca endured years of living in inadequate housing here, some of which had no heat, was infested with mice and bugs and was surrounded by drug activity. Now 51, Fonseca proudly showed off her cozy, newly renovated three-bedroom home, one of 58 affordable-housing units scattered around her Spring Garden neighborhood that are part of a $19.6 million project that was unveiled yesterday.
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December 5, 2011 | By Maya Rao, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The Salem County town of Carneys Point needed to meet a state requirement to provide affordable housing, and developer John Bibeau had a plan: build an 88-unit apartment complex for disabled veterans and people with special needs and low and moderate incomes. He found an old factory building to serve as the site. He sat down with municipal officials, who had solicited him to do the project initially and to negotiate financing. In all, he said, he poured close to $750,000 into buying the property and paying fees for consultants, architects, and engineers.
NEWS
March 20, 1996 | By Matthew Futterman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Mayor Gerald Luongo said last night that he has devised a plan to deal with the need to build affordable housing. His announcement came as more than 200 angry residents packed a Planning Board meeting to protest a proposed development that would include 48 units of affordable housing near Pitman-Downer and Fish Pond Roads. Protesting affordable housing has become a monthly ritual this year. This time, homeowners who live near the proposed development had their chance to tell the Planning Board why it should reject the Barnside Development Corp.
NEWS
July 28, 1991 | By Christine Bahls, Special to The Inquirer
The Bristol Township Council has reversed itself and will help the county get additional funding for a new affordable-housing program. The new program, titled Home Investment in Affordable Housing and referred to as HOME, is a federally funded plan that would help qualified people become first-time homeowners, help renters, assist nonprofit groups in rehabilitating homes for the needy, or even provide grants for new affordable housing. A meeting was held Thursday night at the behest of the county so that the Bristol Township Council could reconsider its position.
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January 22, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Based on a consultant's advice, Moorestown Township has told a Superior Court judge that it believes it is legally obliged to create just 171 affordable-housing units by 2025, a fraction of the 1,313 that a court-appointed master recommended earlier this month. Moorestown is a microcosm of the lively debate statewide over how best to calculate the affordable housing obligations of New Jersey's 565 municipalities. In the absence of agreed-upon formulas, Superior Court judges are scrutinizing the widely diverging methods that municipalities and advocacy groups are proposing for meeting the state's next round of Mount Laurel obligations, so called after a series of state high court decisions.
NEWS
January 16, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Moorestown's draft plan for meeting its affordable-housing obligations contains "flaws" and is unsatisfactory, a special master has told Burlington County Superior Court, and she recommended that the township zone for 1,313 affordable units by 2025 - more than triple what the township had proposed. Using stern language, Elizabeth C. McKenzie, a Flemington, N.J.-based community planner, accused the township of failing to make a good-faith effort to honor its obligations under the Mount Laurel Doctrine.
NEWS
January 13, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
A new but disputed report contends that New Jersey's 565 municipalities must zone for the creation of 37,000 low-income housing units by 2025 - far fewer than projected by a key advocacy group - to meet the state Supreme Court's latest directives for implementing the Fair Housing Act. The figure in the report, conducted by the Philadelphia planning firm Econsult Solutions on behalf of more than 200 New Jersey municipalities, is far below the nearly 202,000...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Jim Kenney ran for mayor as the great coalition-builder, bringing together a collection of the city's strangest bedfellows: New Philadelphians and the old. Bike-riding millennials and the building trade unions. Real estate developers mining the city for buildable lots and people unsettled by the explosion of new housing in their once-unchanging neighborhoods. This week, Kenney pulled off a similar magic trick when he named a planning director who manages to appeal to all those groups.
NEWS
December 19, 2015
By Thomas H. Earle Despite the glimmer of Center City, Philadelphia remains one of the poorest big cities in America. One of the tragedies of that circumstance is the lack of decent homes for low-income seniors and people with disabilities. We can do so much more about this crisis, especially with a new mayor who has made fighting poverty his priority. The waiting lists for this kind of housing are overwhelming and, in the case of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, closed. Yet the need continues to grow.
REAL_ESTATE
December 14, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
On a frigid Monday afternoon three days before Thanksgiving, Richard Sudall was coming home. Or, to be accurate, the veteran builder was only a few blocks away from the house in Upper Darby where he grew up. In the parking lot behind St. Alice's Social Center on Hampden Road, which Nolen Development Group of Philadelphia is converting to 53 apartments for senior citizens, Sudall remembered what life was like there 50 years ago. "There were...
NEWS
November 25, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alleging that Moorestown has failed to live up to its legal obligation to zone for affordable housing, an advocacy group has asked a Superior Court judge to declare that the township must allow at least 1,521 new low- and middle-income units by 2025. "Moorestown has not proceeded in good faith" with regard to its housing obligation arising out of the Mount Laurel Supreme Court rulings, the Fair Share Housing Center (FSHC) said in a filing last week before Judge Ronald Bookbinder in Mount Holly.
NEWS
October 1, 2015
WILL POPE FRANCIS' urging that we all commit to helping the poor make a difference? I hope the pope's advocacy of the poor not only changes minds but also inspires people to become involved in helping the less fortunate. "Each son or daughter of a given country has a mission, a personal and social responsibility," the pope said during his address to a joint session of Congress. And don't just give your money. Give your time and talents. My husband, who stretches out his workday so that he can have a day off every other week, has decided to spend many of those days accompanying me to a prison in Maryland where we teach financial literacy to inmates.
NEWS
September 22, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Burlington City officials and a developer of affordable housing marked the grand opening last week of an apartment complex at the site of an abandoned knitting mill. The $15 million Apartments at the Mill project will provide 65 multifamily affordable-housing units on a nearly three-acre tract near the Assicunk Creek in Burlington City. "The Mill is a perfect example of melding the old with the new, the historical with the functional," Mayor James A. Fazzone said in a statement. The Raffino Knitting Corp.
NEWS
August 7, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
THE BLOCK of Seybert Street, where generations of Juan Padilla's family called home for 50 years, can be hard to find in the Sharswood section of North Philly. Seybert is unmarked where it meets North College Avenue, behind the looming stone walls of Girard College. The narrow street winds north, almost snakelike, beneath the gaze of a mural of Henry Ossawa Tanner's "The Banjo Lesson. " Then, Seybert bends west toward 21st Street. On Padilla's side of the block, the sidewalks are crumbling but the houses appear well cared for and colorful.
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