The Coalition for Affordable Housing and the Environment is a statewide group of planning, environmental and housing organizations who recognize the interdependency of urban, suburban and rural communities. Identifying those areas in which environmental, planning and housing goals intersect, the Coalition – working with its members and other advocates from around the state – crafts multi-faceted solutions that would create a New Jersey with abundant open spaces, a clean environment, healthy cities, and reasonable housing opportunities for all its residents. By finding common ground on issues that affect every community in the state, the Coalition is building a unique partnership for a just and sustainable New Jersey.

 CAHE Updates

CAHE has signed on to a letter to DCA Commissioner Richard Constable regarding recommendations on the  State of New Jersey’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) draft Action Plan Amendment 7, The letter can be found here

CAHE is now a member of TogetherNorthJersey, a consortium of partners undertaking a regional planning initiative to develop a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development in the 13-county North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority region of New Jersey


Housing NEWS

The New Jersey Supreme Court vacated in its entirety the March 7 Appellate Court order and granted the request from the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) for an extension, subject to the following provisions:

  1. COAH shall propose new regulations by May 1, 2014;
  2. proposed regulations shall be published in the June 2 New Jersey Register;
  3. the public comment period on the proposed regulations shall extend to August 1, 2014 and will include a public hearing if requested;
  4. COAH shall adopt new regulations on or before October 22, 2014 and published in the November 17 New Jersey Register.

The Supreme Court also ordered that if regulations are not adopted by November 17th the Court will then entertain applications for relief, including requests to lift protections provided to municipalities by NJSA 52:27D-313. 

The New Jersey Supreme Court order is available here. 

On the Watch List

A470/S693  – NJ Residential Foreclosure Transformation Act – provides expedited process for foreclosing abandoned residential properties – CAHE supports
A478/S82 – Property Tax Lien Pilot Program – establishes pilot program to allow certain municipalities greater control over sale of tax liens – CAHE Supports
A441/S438 – Allows municipalities to designate redevelopment entities and certain non-profits to act as land bank entities – CAHE Supports
A1007 – Requires DCA to establish procedures for inspection and abatement of mold hazards in residential buildings and school facilities and certification programs for mold inspectors and mold hazard abatement workers – CAHE Supports