Fair Share Housing Center goes to court over affordable housing funds

TRENTON – The Appellate Division will consider motions from the Fair Share Housing Center, which is seeking an injunction against

TRENTON – The Appellate Division will consider motions from the Fair Share Housing Center, which is seeking an injunction against the state to prohibit it from seizing municipal housing trust fund dollars.

Gov. Chris Christie vetoed legislation on Friday intended to provide towns two more years to commit funds toward affordable housing goals. Officials from the Department of Community Affairs insist the money will still be used for various housing programs.

The injunction seeks to prohibit the state from taking the more than $160 million in municipal affordable housing trust funds.

The N.J. League of Municipalities told the court it supports the Fair share Housing Center’s motion and requested that if the court is to consider the appeal that the league be allowed to intervene in the matter.  The court granted amicus status to the league on Tuesday.

The briefs for the Fair Share Housing Center and the league are due this Friday.   Oral arguments will be heard on Friday, July 13.   The court intends to dispose of the matter before the July 17 deadline, according to the league. 

At least one municipality – Marlboro – was successful in getting an injunction against the state from taking over its municipal affordable housing trust fund proceeds.

Earlier story: 

Measure to let towns hold on to affordable housing funds vetoed

  Fair Share Housing Center goes to court over affordable housing funds