In the News

  • No More Delays on New Jersey Housing

    Fair Share Housing Development’s Ethel R. Lawrence Homes got praise again from The New York Times in a recently published editorial decrying the Christie Administration for its opposition to the Mount Laurel Doctrine. The New York Times cited a Princeton University study which described our flagship development as a “pathway out of poverty.”

    Published in New York Times on December 27th, 2014 | View PDF

  • Three ERLH Teens Win Top Honors at High School

    Three of our teens have been singled out by their teachers for a 2014 “People’s Choice Award” from Lenape High School. These awesome young people were praised at a ceremony on May 14, 2014 for their maturity, honesty, compassion, enthusiasm and even for helping one educator become “a better teacher, a better parent and a better person.”

    Published in Lenape High School on June 9th, 2014 | View PDF

  • Bridging the Gap between JVC and Civil Engineering

    Our 2013-2014 Jesuit Volunteer Olivia McCracken explains why she wanted to start a Lego Club at the Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center at Ethel R. Lawrence Homes in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

    Published in Inside JVCNews, reflections, and insights from the Jesuit Volunteer Corps on February 14th, 2014 | View PDF

  • Expanding Support to Enable Aging in Place

    The Innovations Fund aims to advance creative programs that bring housing and services together to allow people to age safely and affordably in the places they call home. Through the generosity of LeadingAge members and a matching grant from the NewCourtland Foundation, seven organizations have been awarded grants of up to $25,000 each for 2014. The wellness program at Northgate II is highlighted as one of the grant recipients.

    Published in Leading Age Magazine on January 31st, 2014 | View PDF

  • Mount Laurel Lives On

    New Jersey’s Mount Laurel Doctrine, originating in local exclusionary zoning, has again reach the state’s Supreme Court. PEL Reporter Stuart Meck shares the long and complicated history of the doctrine, its implementation through the Council on Affordable Housing, the council’s controversial changes to local affordable housing requirements, the state’s attempt to appropriate local housing trust funds, and Governor Christie’s attempts to dissolve the council.

    Published in American Planning Association’s Planning and Environmental Law on January 1st, 2014 | View PDF

  • Study Shows the Benefits of Affordable Housing: Guest Opinion

    As the issue of affordable housing has become increasingly contentious in New Jersey, Princeton University has published an especially timely book, Climbing Mount Laurel, which refutes the widespread belief that the expansion of affordable housing adversely affects communities where it happens, by increasing crime and other social costs while dragging down nearby property rates.

    Published in Star-Ledger on December 20th, 2013 | View PDF

  • Affordable Housing Advocates Score Victories in New Jersey

    In the decades-long battle to force more suburban New Jersey towns to make room for low-income residents, several recent developments are giving affordable housing advocates reason to smile.Since July, housing advocates have won three major battles in the state: a legal settlement in Mt. Holly, the elimination of loopholes for suburban communities dragging their feet on building cheaper housing, and the publication of a Princeton University study that suggests that a suburbanite’s worst fears of having low-income neighbors were overblown.

    Published in NewsWorks (WHYY) on December 5th, 2013 | View PDF

  • In Mount Laurel, Princeton University Professor Douglas Massey Finds Affordable-Housing Model

    Douglas Massey first learned about the fight over a proposed affordable-housing development in Mount Laurel, N.J., when he was a graduate student at Princeton University in the mid-1970s.
    Mount Laurel, a small town about 40 miles south of the Princeton campus, was in the midst of being transformed into a wealthy suburb of Philadelphia. Poor residents saw the proposed affordable-housing development as a way to ensure they could continue to live there as housing prices rose. Opponents feared the development would hurt property values, increase crime and lead to higher taxes. The dispute led to landmark New Jersey Supreme Court decisions in 1975 and 1983 that cleared the way for what would become the Ethel Lawrence Homes. By the time Massey returned to New Jersey to join the University’s faculty in 2003, the fight in Mount Laurel was over, but there were still no clear answers to the questions about the development’s impact on its residents and the surrounding community. Massey decided to embark on a study to answer those questions, the results of which have been published in the book, Climbing Mount Laurel.

    Published in “News at Princeton,” on Princeton University website on November 7th, 2013 | View PDF

  • Climbing Mount Laurel: An Interview with Douglas Massey

    Princeton University Professor Douglas Massey’s interview with B. Rose Huber describes what motivated Dr. Massey to conduct the research in the book Climbing Mount Laurel.

    Published in Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs “News,” on Princeton University website on October 31st, 2013 | View PDF

  • Here Comes the Neighborhood

    David Kirp’s op-ed talks about new research published in a book called Climbing Mount Laurel (Princeton University Press), which describes the benefits of the Mount Laurel Doctrine and offers praise for FSHD’s flagship development Ethel R. Lawrence Homes.

    Published in New York Times on October 19th, 2013 | View PDF