League of Municipalities will give arguments in favor of protecting affordable housing dollars

New Jersey State League of Municipalities officials announced today they plan to give verbal arguments Friday in favor of a court injunction that aims to prevent the state from sweeping up millions of dollars of municipal housing trust funds.

The league announced it will argue before an Appellate Division panel tomorrow. The announcement was made less than a week after the league filed a brief as amicus curiae in the Fair Share Housing Center’s battle to prevent the state from seizing up to $200 million in money municipalities had set aside to provide affordable housing.

The state could take any money not already “committed for expenditure” as early as July 17, according to the league.

“We trust that the court will see the bind in which municipalities have been placed,” said Bill Dressel, executive director of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, in a statement.

“But bottom line is that this funding is intended to assist municipalities to meet their affordable housing obligations,” he said. “Our taxpayers being left to make up the shortfall is unacceptable.”

The motion, originally filed by Fair Share Housing Center, seeks to prohibit the state from taking any affordable housing trust funds, and asks the court to order the state to define what a municipality must to do protect their funds.

The Appellate Division will hear oral arguments Friday at 10 a.m. in Newark.

League of Municipalities will give arguments in favor of protecting affordable housing dollars